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Places in London worth a visit


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to balance out Quids's long standing 'Places in London not worth a vist' I thought I would add this thread...

my first offer is....

The Paramount - the bar restaurant at the top of the Centerpoint building which has, until recently, been a members only club...is now open to non members... the views are amazing (food OK but you are paying for the views)... I took the photos over a 2/3 hours slot ... weather was amazingly varied and the city looked spectacular




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Very true, Kel - so many of the bridges are amazing. Tower Bridge on a sunny day is fabulous to cross and just watch the towers floating over your head. Richmond Bridge is good for people-watching in summer, Putney decorated by a lovely church, Millenium Bridge beautiful in itself, Albert Bridge is so pretty, Hammersmith Bridge is just bananas...

For Westminster Bridge, I will of course defer to the poet.

Earth has not anything to show more fair:

Dull would he be of soul who could pass by

A sight so touching in its majesty:

This City now doth, like a garment, wear

The beauty of the morning; silent, bare,

Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie

Open unto the fields, and to the sky;

All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.

Never did sun more beautifully steep

In his first splendour, valley, rock, or hill;

Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!

The river glideth at his own sweet will:

Dear God! the very houses seem asleep;

And all that mighty heart is lying still!

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The Monument. All 311 steps.

My daughter had learned about the Fire of London in school and guess what, I had to take them up to the top. Scary up there but great views.

Came down and my daughter asked me where Pudding Lane was - I was half way through explaining that it did not exist as it was burned down in the fire of london - when she looked past me and said - "No Daddy - there it is over there". Sure enough, big street sign "Pudding Lane". First time I have been caught out bluffing to my children. First of many I expect.


Some american guys were standing at the bottom saying to the ticket collector - "Maaaan, I can't believe this place does NOT have an elevator......"

Then they refused to go in - how sad is that?

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How about the oldest golf club in the world (arguably).


Blackheath mention that other items in their possession suggest a date of 1745 may have been the inauguration of a collection of players into a formalised Club, but they do not give details. The idea that the first golf club could be English, and not Scottish, is not as impossible as it sounds. In Edinburgh there were plenty of golfers and arrangements for a game would have been easy to make. Blackheath is several miles outside the City of London and to get there in Stuart times would have meant significant travel arrangements, such as being ferried by waterman to Greenwich. Thus the reduced number of golfers and the geography could easily have produced more organisation sooner, but no conclusive evidence is felt to exist at present.

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