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Published: September 5th 2010
I thought of this blog title when I saw the musical Love Never Dies
on my first evening in London. I feel this way about London and is one of my favourite cities in the world to visit. I was in London at the end of July and a month later I was back! The purpose of the trip is to spend a day in Brighton (See The Fashionable Resort of the Regency Era
)and check out The Royal Pavilion. It worked out cheaper if I travelled to Brighton from London than from Leeds.
On the Sunday, I spent a day in London before catching my train home to Leeds. I was staying very near St Paul's Cathedral and Paternoster Square in the [url=http://www.yha.org.uk/find-accommodation/london/hostels/london-st-pauls/index.aspxYHA Hostel. The hostel was adequate and got a my own room for only 25 GBP per night which was a bargain considering it was the Bank Holiday Weekend! TATE Modern & Oxo Tower
On the day I decided to explore by foot parts of the River Thames from St Paul's Cathedral to the Embankment/Charing Cross Station. Firstly, I crossed the London Millennium Footbridge that lead me to TATE Modern
, a contemporary and modern art gallery that is housed in a defunct power station.
I spent a couple of hours at the art gallery and explored the States of Flux and After Impressionism sections. Two highlights visiting the gallery was seeing Andy Warhol's Red Star Over Russia
(and former Soviet Union). The propoganda posters were interesting (going back decades) despite not understanding Russian! And another was having an iced coffee on the top floor and looking across to the Thames; St Paul's Cathedral and the London skyline. From TATE Modern, I passed the Bankside gallery, where I plan to visit on my next trip and visited OXO Tower
for more pictures of the city's skyline. I continued walking by the river passing Southbank and cross the bridge towards The Embankment and Charing Cross Station. National Portrait Gallery & The National Gallery
Passing St Martins-in-the-Field I crossed to road to the National Portrait Galley
and looked in The Regency in the Weldon Galleries and saw various portraits by varioius artists of important people who made a mark duing the Romantic and Regency Eras in the early 1820s. I saw sitters include King George IV (known as The Prince Regent), William Wordsworth, George Bryon, William Wilberforce, Jane Austen and many more. In one of the rooms they
City of London
Near Blackfriars Station, London
had Information Points where you can learn more about the portraits and its sitters. I surfed the Regency Era's Timeline and the events that took place and stuided in my last humanities course. I look at some other exhibitions including Road to 2012: Setting Out
, the year of the London Olympics.
Afterwards, I made a brief visit to The National Gallery
, which I visited a few times on past trips to London, and decided to visit the Impressionists sections and saw various paintings by Gaughin, Renoir, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Monet and Degas.
I was then hungry and had a leisurely late lunch at Leicester Square and this is when the heavens opened. At least I was indoors! Afterwards the rain stopped and the sun shone again, I began the long walk back to St Paul's Cathedral by walking along the Embankment. On arrival, I went to the hostel to collect my luggage then walked some distance to Kings Cross station for my train home. It was a great day in all and felt good for walking everywhere and not using the underground or buses.
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