Low cost London
Modernity is in the air, a quantum leap that the new political deal has permitted us to jump over in the past ten years, thus helping to redeem the country from years in which cuts and sacrifices had marked it way too deeply, reducing it to a poor, peripheral – and definitely not attractive – place.
In London today, everything seems bursting with the scent of money, especially for those who come from European countries that may have with weaker currencies. But it certainly is expensive! For smart travellers, the best way is to book your low-fare flight online together one of those cheap bus services that can take straight to the city in no time. It is sure that today in London there’s always more and more low cost hotels coming out, starting as low as one pound in Tottenham – a very central area indeed! The city also offers an excellent transportation service, which is extremely dear but – if you manage to adjust it to your personal needs – can be very convenient. It can also be surprising to notice that, although traffic is moving rapidly and comfortably, buses always have enough seating, making it possible for everyone to enjoy the splendour of the city from the top of a double-decker bus. The underground line has been active for a very long time and, despite occasional slowness, functions efficiently from one end of town to the other. Using the shell-shaped black taxi is just another essential whim – if not just for the pleasure of experiencing something truly British. Trendy restaurants – these are essential too – like Prêt à Manger or Costa Coffee where you can find the typically English muffins or more international dishes, satisfying every kind of need, even economical, but especially they are well representative of a metropolis in which life is fast and lived very individually: students from every part of the world gather to join a cutting edge school and university system, a lot of singles, and many business men staying in the city for shorter periods. Museums are traditionally free, which is probably already something that can allow everyone – with no distinctions – to benefit from works of absolute value. It would be sufficient to enter the British Museum even for a few minutes and stop in front of the Rosetta stone and admire the magnificent – yet controversial because of the claims from Greece – friezes from the Parthenon, to feel part of our history and be enriched by it. The quality of life is also made of these affordable privileges. At night, bars are full of young people, anchor men and women looking for a place to meet new people or simply to unwind, to the point that a woman might argue that here girls go looking for the heir as if it was full of prince clones, maybe they delude themselves or perhaps they just want to look like princesses in a country where women, like the Queen for instance, really count and want their opinions to be respected. Attractions are uncountable in London and I don’t only mean the ones we’ve all studied at school. The offer has improved constantly in the past few years if you just think of the area around Tate Gallery. The 2012 Summer Olympic Games – for example – officially the Games of the XXX Olympiad, and also known as London 2012 as per the official logo, are scheduled to take place in London , from 27 July to 12 August 2012. Following a bid headed by former Olympic champion Sebastian Coe and the then Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, London was selected as the host city on 6 July 2005 during the 117th IOC Session in Singapore, defeating Moscow, New York City, Madrid and Paris. London will become the first city to officially host the modern Olympic Games three times, having previously done so in 1908 and in 1948. While budgetary considerations for the games have generated some criticism, they have also been welcomed by others as having prompted a redevelopment of many of the areas of London in which events are to be held – particularly themed towards sustainability. The main focus of the games will be a new 200 hectare Olympic Park, constructed on a former industrial site at Stratford in the east of London. The Games also make use of many venues which were already in place before the bid. The Games and the large amount of people from all over the world leaves us wonder how multi ethnicity can be so wide spread that people are no longer able to detect where everyone’s from. In fact, if colour and somatic traits may at times tell us something, at a closer look we might as well make think again.
Written by Cinzia Pierantonelli
Translated by Rocco Massarelli