First of all, most of the museums in London are free. Amazing news if you’re a recent graduate with , little money in a city that takes your US dollars and dwindles them down to nothing. Or, you know, if you like art. The Tate Britain has the most impressive Turner collection and disappoint it does not! You’re not supposed to take any pictures but I “accidentally” snapped a quick one. Obviously, no justice done to the man so it’s just one of those things you gotta go see.
Since the Tate Modern is just right up the bank from it’s sister (mother? father? brother?), it is definitely worth taking a nice walk and checking it out. Probably my favorite museum in London. Dope installations. Check. A beautiful view of Saint Peters and the Millenium Bridge. Check. Renowned artists mixed with new and exciting works. Check. Guarantee of leaving inspired. Check that one with Rothko’s Seagram murals that will leave you feeling so empty and fulfilled, you will definitely need a drink. No but for real, Rothko gave his collection to the museum since he loved Turner’s work so much. Seeing the murals in person, there is an overwhelming surge of life gushing out from the broad strokes but their separation and bluntness scream of a void. I had the lucky coincidence of going on his birthday- serendipity!
As a connoisseur of all things free, I think it is safe for me to declare Hampstead Heath the best park to visit. Sure, London has as many parks as L.A. does car parks. Hyde is sprawling. Regents is romantic and fragrant. Holland is peaceful. But Hampstead Heath is just pure magic to me. Maybe it’s because the entire area surrounding it is so darling with the used bookshops, hip outdoor pubs, and the kind of cafes you daydream about owning all lining cobble-stone streets. Actually, it is that and so much more. It’s not in the middle of the city so it doesn’t feel incredibly touristy. The view of London if you walk up to the top is so damn stunning, and no matter where you go, you feel like you’re stumbling on to something that not many people know about (even if that’s not true).
Just go in to the woods and explore(These are the Boise woods, a bit north of London)