Yes, I am old, but this is what I would call fun!
The young and the restless can always find fun in Camden Town, another section of London, not far from the zoo. We first discovered Camden Town last year and were wandering around with no realization that singer Amy Winehouse had just died in her nearby flat.
We entered Camden Town the first time by walking along the canal. This is a beautiful way to approach this eclectic part of London, or you can take the Tube. If you walk around the canal, you will see some boats that people have decorated and live in. Then you will soon see what looks like a pirate's castle. The building's exterior has that crenellated look.
Then soon the area will open out into one of the most amazing collections of food from all over the world, even Peru. The smells are amazing. Many of the vendors also offer free samples. At least a dozen people cook and prepare food in this area of Camden Town. You can eat to your heart's content there.
My husband enjoyed following up his kebabs, cooked by a Turkish vendor, with a tall, cold one from the nearby Ice Warehouse, a huge bar and restaurant complex.
Around the food vendors, you can find dozens of shops for books, handmade jewelry, paintings, artworks and tattoo parlors. Camden Town is ground zero for tattoo parlors. If you are young, you will also want to come here to shop for clothes. This is where you can find hundreds of short, tight, glittery outfits and countless T-shirts.
London has a long, charmed history of influencing fashion and music, and my brief observations tell me those two influences are still alive and well.
A trip to London always includes looking up at Big Ben and walking by Parliament. It is well worthwhile to make this same walk at time along the Thames.
London is an extremely safe city, and I never fear walking there.
If you are walking along the Thames at night, you get wonderful views of the traditional landmarks, like Big Ben, but those views are doubled with their reflections in the water. There are great strings of light along the Thames too. Boats glide by, adding their special charms, and the London Eye puts on a great nighttime show.
The London Eye looks like a giant bicycle wheel, and it holds glass pods at each spoke point. The ride inside these pods provides great views of the city. At night, the Eye is lit up like a carnival ride. If you were watching the Olympics, you probably caught a few glimpses of the London Eye, Big Ben and other icons of this wonderful city.
Lights, music, food, fashion and fun. London swings!
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