W is for War Rooms (Churchill’s)

There are so many sights to see in London--the London Eye, Big Ben, St. Paul's Cathedral.  The list could go on forever.  We went numerous times, and I never got bored. But one people miss that I feel is a must-see, is Churchill's War Rooms.  One of the Imperial War Museums, it's actually a secret underground compound that was used during WWII as the headquarters for the core of the British government, and it has been preserved and restored to look as it did when it was in use.  The machines used to communicate, the boxes, the pens, the maps.  It's like you've walked into a time warp back to the 1940s.Not my picture...I don't think you could take any inside.It takes a few hours to walk through the museum, but taking the time to see this fascinating exhibit is worth it.  I'd also recommend getting the audio guide; it explains a lot that the the posted plaques don't have...
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U is for Underground

Ah, the Tube, or, as some call it, the Underground.  It's a rapid transit train system (subway, really) built under London, and it's amazing.  It services the main London area, though there are a few lines that travel out a little bit farther. We loved that we could get pretty much wherever we wanted to be within a reasonable amount of time, just by taking the Tube.  Now, don't get me wrong--there were times where it was easier, shorter, or faster to walk on the surface between stops, or where line closures made life a little difficult, but the benefits outweighed the costs.The London Underground just celebrated its 150th anniversary a couple of years ago. Obviously there were some huge changes--lines being added; the Oyster card being added in 2003 (a contactless ticketing system that makes life super easy), lifts and escalators, etc. Compared to other similar transport systems in mainland Europe (the Paris Metro, for example), the London Underground...
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L is for London

One of the best pics I've ever taken. The London Eye, Big Ben, and a double-decker bus, all in one.London is one of my absolute favorite cities. Why? Let me tell you.It has all the modern amenities one would want from a world capital, but still has its old-world charm.  The tiny offshoot streets with amazing pubs and shops.  The winding roads and lack of grid pattern common in the U.S.  Individual buildings with more history in them than some entire U.S. cities combined.The transportation systems...the Overground and Underground.  I'm devoting U to that, but it's a total win for London.Trafalgar Square with the big blue cock. Yes, that's what the statue is called.The food--the sheer variety always blew me away.Want amazing pizza? Go to Homeslice. It's inexpensive (for London) too.How about some of the best gelato ever? Try Gelateria 3BIS. They were so good we ate there twice in one day.Vinoteca had great food and wine, and was reasonably...
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