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London Calling: The City that talks to You!

LondonSigns_titelOne of the strange things that I noticed while walking through London was that I was always reading some signs and sentences along my way. This city talks to you. Everyone knows the famous sentence “Mind the gap” at the London underground, but apart of that, you have recommendations and advices everywhere. It principally tells you to be careful – but not only!

This city tells you where to watch out in order not to get hurt:

This was very helpful for me!
This was very helpful for me!

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Isn't this picture a bit exaggerated? ;-)
Isn’t this picture a bit exaggerated? 😉
It even tells you to be careful when washing your hands!
You are even being told to be careful when washing your hands!
... and how to get out of the bus.
… and how to get out of the bus.

 

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London tells you where you are in order not to get lost:

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Tate Britain
Tate Britain

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The city even tells you how it feels:

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And gives you further information on things you maybe do not want to know! 😉

Dirty Harry is cleaning the toilet
Dirty Harry is cleaning the toilet
No further comment on this one! :-)
No further comment on this one! 🙂

A bird’s-eye view on London

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I have been to London nearly one month ago and I finally manage to go through my images. There are many things that I noticed and many impressions I would like to share with you but I will start with a travel-tip which can also be seen as a life-tip: Always try to see things from more than one perspective.

The perspective I want to talk to you this time is the one “from above”, by listing some ideas of places with a panoramic view in London.

Cocktail with a view - Sushi Samba
Cocktail with a view – Sushi Samba

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When we arrived to London it was already dark and on the way to the city center one building with a very strange shape attracted our attention. It was illuminated in red and looked very futuristic. We found out that it was the Archelor Mittal Orbit, built in 2012.
It symbolizes an orbit which goes up and down with a continuous line, which expresses the energy and creativity of London. Not only it is a building one has to see, it also offers two platforms with a beautiful view of London and the Olympic Park. Not to miss: the funny effects of the concave mirrors that will flip your perspective and turn the horizon upside down.

The Shard
The Shard is a building you cannot miss in London – you see it from every part of the city. Seen from far away it looks as if the pyramid made of glass with a broken top.
Getting closer you realize how unique it is. It has been developed by Irvine Sellar and built by famous Renzo Piano, with the idea of creating a “vertical city”. The building now incorporates retail, offices, a Shnagri-La Hotel, apartments, restaurants and a public viewing gallery. With its 310 meters height it is the tallest building of western Europe. There are 3 open floors: 68, 69 and 72 that offer you an amazing view of the glass construction above. And, at almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in London, it offers 360-degree views of the city.

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Sushi Samba at Herloin Towe
Sushi Samba at Heron Tower

Sushi Samba Restaurant & Bar with a rooftop terrace is on the 38th floor of the Heron Tower. Don’t go if you are afraid of the heights as there is a panoramic glass elevator that brings you up in speed. It is a fascinating place and going there was such a great experience! Can you imagine Japanese-Peruvian-Brazilian fusion food and cocktails? Matcha tea infused Pisco? It’s worth a visit!
A very charming place for an after-work drink or a unique dinner experience. But not only: the spectacular view of London with all its most famous buildings took my breath away!
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Sushi Samba Restaurant
Sushi Samba Restaurant
The Gerkin seen from above
The Gherkin seen from above

Radio Rooftop Bar
I didn’t manage to see it but it’s on my list for my next London trip: Radio Rooftop Bar. It is located on the 10th floor of the ME Hotel and it is called like this because the first BBC programming was broadcast in 1922 from here. You can relax enjoying your cocktails while sitting on fancy white sofas and have a wonderful view the Oxo Tower, Big Ben, St Paul’s, the Gherkin, the Shard…

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London Eye

Who doesn’t know London eye? With its 135 meters height it’s the highest observation wheel in Europe. It’s located in the center of London and one of the cities symbols.
It’s part of the classical touristic tours but this does not mean that it’s not worth it. I’ve been there before and I chose to do it again. The views of the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey from one of the Eyes’ glass-capsule are just stunning!

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“Paris is a woman but London is an independent man puffing his pipe in a pub.” ― Jack Kerouac, Lonesome Traveler

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Joke Biscuit – Scherzkeks

OK – I admit I was very happy about Italy winning the game against England on Sunday. But still, all is set now. I have booked my next trip to London!
I’ve been there a couple of times, but I can somehow never get enough. I feel there is still so much more to find out… London is a feeling I do not want to miss for too long.

Do you have any suggestions about #donotmiss Pubs, Restaurants, Places, Museums, People?! Thank you for sharing with me!!

PS: Have a look at some pictures from my last trip to London… and: stay tuned for more English adventures soon!London1

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