'Whether we consider London as the metropolis of a great and mighty empire, upon the dominions of whose sovereign the sun never sets, or as the home of more than three and a half millions of people, and the richest city in the world to boot, it must ever be a place which strangers wish to visit.'
Well, practically everything in that sentence has changed since it was written in the late 19th century, except the last bit. London has always attracted people, visiting for business or pleasure, and we are expecting even more than usual for the Olympics later this year.
I have written about this wonderful little book before, but it is always worth re-visiting. It begins with a suggested itinerary for each a week's visit, day by day; the advice for the whole of Sunday is to look at the Saturday newspaper for a list of preachers and their engagements. For the other days the suggestions are not so different from modern guide books:
- Westminster Abbey, St Margaret's, St James's Park, Bond Street and Regent Street.
- South Kensington and Natural History Museum, Albert Memorial, Regent's Park and Zoological Gardens.
- Tower, Monument, Docks, Guildhall, St Helen's Church, Crosby Hall, St Paul's Cathedral, General Post Office and home by river.
- Windsor and Eton
- National Gallery, Crystal Palace, or Richmond Park and Kew Gardens.
- Houses of Parliament, Record Office, British Museum, Madame Tussaud's.
|General Post Office|
|Crystal Palace interior|