I see so many images of London in pop culture, that it often reminds me of my short time there in 2004. It was a magical trip because I visited my sister who was living near there at the time, and met my beautiful niece (who was six months). I traveled to London to experience it on my own for a couple of days, and often think about going back to see more of it.
There is nothing like the hustle and bustle of Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and the wonderful theatre district. It’s a fantastically gorgeous city of old architecture, historic monuments, iconic images and modern, fashion-forward design and dress. Nothing else like it.
I also have fond memories of the “look right” signage all over the place. A helpful reminder saving tourists like me from getting smushed by vehicles driving on the “other side of the road.”
But, to be honest, the class system didn’t feel great for me. I can’t explain it, but it’s a palpable thing there. People belong to a certain class, and it appears from the outside to be very difficult to navigate through that or upwards. That said, I’d like to visit again, to see if that perception still holds true for me.