In January 2019 London seems so cosmopolitan and open minded, but also its citizens are so cordial and amicable as always. But you can feel the tension if you dig deeper down in the heart of London: Especially if you talk to the locals or take a closer look at the daily news. The front-page of the satirist magazine „Private Eye“ shows the Queen dispraising her beloved husband, which made a car crash, but Phillip reference his answer to Theresa May and her strategy of the Brexit-Deal.
If I compare it to my last visits in London, nothing really changed. Nothing indicates those historic days which will presumably change England and the whole United Kingdom in the future.
Europe is curious about how the Brexit proceedings will end. There are still no decisions made yet. There are tight debates between all those different fractions, even members of their own party couldn’t get on a common manner. In front of the House of Parliament you will see smaller and even larger groups of opponents and supporters of the referendum. You could be a witness of some interesting scenes if you got enough time to spare. Also on social media contentious debates occur about the Brexit-Topic.
A friend of mine told me „It is the perfect time for a trip to London“. That’s whats definitely a point. There’s not a single minute of boredom in the city of London, these four days just flew by. Particularly the cultural part is interesting as always. You could chose from an uncountable number of different expositions, films and shows. One of them is the TOTEM show of the „Cirque de Soleil“. How about a new Maria Stuart film? Or an exposition at the Victoria & Albert Museum? You got the choice.
Kensington and Chelsea
My accommodation, located near by the South Kensington Underground Station, is an ideal spot because it is close to the Royal Albert Hall, which is the venue of the show of the „Cirque du Soleil“. This spot is also near to Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace and a lot of other boutiques and shops. From here on it is also easy to reach the Piccadilly-, Circle- and District Line.
You will find more then just a few hotels and accommodations in London – In every price class. You also find accommodation in a block of flats, which got topical prices and different flat sizes and categories.
An establishment, which I really enjoyed during my time in London was „daylesford“. It is a Cafe and restaurant at Sloane Avenue close to the South Kensington Station. Here they serve excellent drinks, cakes, pastures, creamery, cocktails, food and beverages. The staff is absolute pleasant and consists of locals and people of different foreign nationalities, who are indirect or direct affected by the Brexit.
Chelsea is one of the most vibrant districts in the west of London. It is located between Sloane Square and the Thames. Around every corner you will discover something completely new. Also the architecture is stunning. Gloss and glory glows from those Victorian manor houses and illustrate the most fabulous epoch of the British Empire. Absolute impressive!
Victoria & Albert Museum
A place which is absolute worth seeing it is the Victoria & Albert Museum. Precious exhibits from every style and time let you enjoy your stay and is also a real adventure! Entry is free, except some special exhibitions.
Royal Albert Hall
Also the traditional rich Royal Albert Hall is part of the district Kensington. The Hall verges on the famous Hyde Park with its green space, the lakes Serpentine, Long Water and Round Pound, the Art gallery in the centre of the park and the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain. At the Royal Albert Hall I visited the „TOTEM“ show of the „Cirque de Soleil“, which is an impressive legend, illustrated with artistic performers, myths and different sensations. It is a world class show you should definitely check out.
An experience itself is a ride with the traditionell red busses or the Underground, which a characteristic of London. By time a own subculture developed in the Underground. Down there you will find musicians, freaks, fashion queens and artists. You could find the latest fashion trends on the moving staircases of Covent Garden, Notting Hill, Paddington, Charling Cross, Piccadilly Circus and Waterloo Station.
Pubs in London
More then just a public house are the pubs in London. The pubs in London are the centre of communication and meeting point of the different social classes. Who really wants to know how the citizens think should visit one of those countless pubs and get into conversation with the locals.
In my opinion the Brexit is not really popular in London. At least not in January 2019.
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