chicken12 wrote in post #18279057
Thanks for the tips. Any places I should try to hit up for night photography and if I get time any museums or other places to go during the day? Thanks
Science and Natural History Museums, in Kensington have to be worth a visit. IIRC they allow you in for free for the last hour or so in the afternoon, which could be handy if you finish work early. The Tower of course, but it is quite expensive to get in, last time I looked it was £25 for an adult. That was when my daughter was born, she is just coming up to twenty years old now! Tower Bridge (the double bascule opening one) is also good, it's next to the Tower. In the end I took my son to see around HMS Belfast, a WWII Cruiser moored across the river from the Tower, and part of the Imperial War Museum. There is a rather good ferry across to it, that also takes you under Tower bridge. The main IWM is also very good indeed. There is also the RAF Museum at Hendon in North London, but it is still on the Tube. An incredibly good museum of aviation, if you are into that. I would say that if you are going to go then it really takes a whole day.
Back in central London there is Monument, for which you would want Monument tube station. This a column a bit like Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, but you can go up this one. IIRC it is 220 feet tall, and was built as a monument to the Great Fire of London in 1666. It is located 220 feet from the bakers shop where the fire started. You have to climb the 220 step up to the top. Again I took my son (then aged 7) when his sister was born. If you don't like heights, I really don't, I might give this one a miss, the spiral stair case is open, with just a hand rail. Also supposed to be very good is the Victoria and Albert Museum, also known as the V&A, although I have never been.
One slightly different museum that I would recommend is the Museum of Childhood, as I think it is now called in Bethnal Green in east London. I used to visit it quite a bit when I was a child in the 70's as my dad had serious heart problems, and had to regularly visit the London Chest Hospital, the capital's main heart surgery hospital, which is just around the corner. Back then it was known as the Toy Museum.
There are lots of galleries to visit too of course, Tate, Tate Modern, National Portrait Gallery are all probably worth a visit, as well as any smaller private ones too.
Oh and don't forget a ride on the London Eye, it gets you some very good views. and next door is the old London County Hall, the former home of the Greater London Council, GLC, famously led by "Red" Ken Livingstone in the 70's and early 80's, and disbanded by Maggy Thatcher in order to get rid of Ken. It didn't do her much good, when London got an elected mayor system of local government who was the first of them? Yes good old Red Ken! Still it is now the London Aquarium and so worth a visit.
Although I now live in Norfolk, I grew up in Hornchurch, which is the most easterly of the London Suburbs, and part of the London Borough of Havering. Where I used to live is some 22.5 miles from the location of the previously mentioned HMS Belfast, and just half a mile outside the maximum range of her main guns.