When it comes to wonders, the number 7 is said to symbolize perfection and hence is used to list them.
Well, London Eye with its breathtaking views of the city, including long stretches of the banks of the Thames? Richmond Park, the oasis of tranquillity? Or St Paul’s Cathedral with you walking down the same Aisle as Princess Diana on her wedding day? Are they wonders of London? Hmmm they might be but I reckon the true ones are:
1. The free stuff!
London is one of the most expensive cities on earth but there are free museums, movies, plays, concerts and readings – it’s just knowing where to look.
2. The weather!
Well, the weather. Britain enters recorded history with a complaint about the weather. It is because the weather can change very quickly that many British people carry an umbrella with them throughout the year, even when it appears to be a fine day. They might not control the weather, but they know how to dance in the rain. And it’s easy. Just take a colourful umbrella and add a dance to go with it! If you ever have danced in the rain, you’ll know that it’s really fun.
3. The Unexpected!
Keira Knightley in Spitalfields, Biffy Clyro in front row at LFW, a band you’ve never heard of turning out to be brilliant, the Huntarian, the Cinema Museum, site-specific pop-ups, a protest march you didn’t know about, secret gigs or even the Mad Hatter in Broadway Market.
4. The diversity!
All the languages and cultures of the world are here, yet everyone who spends even just a short time in London becomes an honorary Londoner, and starts apologizing for standing on the wrong side of the escalator.
5. The Calories!
Breakfast in Brixton Market, a lunchtime beer in Spitalfields, lamb or beef with a Yorkshire pudding in Islington, an evening curry in Brick Lane. Calories be damned! Jamie please save the nation!
6. Afternoon Tea!
From finger sandwiches to scones with clotted cream and jam to sweets such as cakes and macarons, afternoon tea is nothing less than a full meal and that most quintessential of English customs.
Just beyond the city walls, the campus of Cambridge University escorts visitors back in time with its majestic medieval architecture and weathered cobblestone streets. Let alone, a fantastic punting tour through the heart of the city guided by one of the brilliant students, possibly the Prime Minister likely to be.
The true wonder we can say is mysterious, magnificent, stunning or in other words it is really a master piece, and due to these qualities it attracts everyone towards itself. And this is London as a whole. It may no longer be the largest city in the world, but I think it’s still the greatest. Mon the biff! 🙂