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Tulip gardens in Hyde Park.

Travel Tale: London

July 15, 2008
by Liz Colville
The 10 years that I spent as an American living in London felt like one long holiday.

City of Parks

My family moved to London in 1989, during one of the city’s hottest summers on record. So, it wasn’t an accurate introduction to this rainy city. But England’s renowned gardens do require a little sunshine, as well as its famous rain. London summers are something to behold; in fact, this constantly changing, busy and colorful city is one of the world’s best (and most expensive) places to live year-round.

Our house, on the far right, in the northwestern neighborhood of St. John's Wood.

A Far Cry from Strip Malls

My haunt, Regent's Park, with a view of the British Telecom tower in the background.
Photo Credit: Simon Gurney

Architectural Melting Pot

Tourists at Home

Any visit to London now is an opportunity to see things I took for granted as a kid, or the ones I just miss: the handmade trinkets in Camden Town, the antiques and historic houses of Portobello Market; and the vertiginous view from the Whispering Gallery of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Much of my ambition now involves trying to afford London so I can live there again. In the meantime, New York City is good practice.

Downtown London, known as the City, features a mixture of old and new architecture, including the cone-shaped financial building at 30 St. Mary Axe, affectionately referred to in Britain as "the Gherkin."

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