Harrods, London

It has been a while since I‘ve been to Harrods in London, United Kingdom. But why would you like to visit a luxury warehouse as a tourist? It‘s the special atmosphere and the different sections which all have a different interior design. And it is a pleasure to stroll through the food zone and have a look at the offering.

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Memorial Fountain

Princess Diana Memorial Fountain, Hyde Park, London

My generation will always remember the night of August 31st, 1997 when Diana, Princess of Wales died in a car crash in Paris, France. You didn’t need to be a Yellow Press reader or a fan of the Royal Family to emotionally get involved into this. The whole story of her and Prince Charles separating but not getting divorced (letting her stay the potential future queen), caring together about their sons and then this special kind of death – with many theories around it – made it a topic discussed in wide general public.

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Sky Garden

Sky Garden, London

The latest insider tip if you want to combine good drinks with perfect views on the city of London, United Kingdom is the Sky Garden. It is a garden in the glassy top floor of the building 20 Fenchurch Street that is called walkie-talkie by the locals because of its shape. Within the Sky Garden you will find a bar and a restaurant. In addition to good food and drinks you can enjoy perfect views on important sights like the Tower of London and the Tower Bridge as well as on other skyscrapers like the gherkin, the shard, the cheesegrater and the lipstick.

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Docklands Light Railway (DLR), London

Already in Roman times the city of London, United Kingdom had important harbours within the city and at Southwark. Over time the importance grew and more space was needed. In the east of the city along river Thames a large area became dedicated for loading and unloading goods: the Docklands. It is no official name and the area includes parts of the city quarters Greenwich, Lewisham, Newham, Southwark and Tower Hamlets. With the rise of containerization and container ships the docks of London became too small and had all to be closed in the end of the 20th century.

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Under the Thames

Greenwich foottunnel, London

The river Thames is not a small one while it is passing through London, United Kingdom. I crossed it many, many times on bridges and within (underground) trains. But there is also the possibility to walk through under it at one point: the Greenwich foot tunnel. It connects the Isle of Dogs north of the river with Greenwich – the entrance is close to the Cutty Sark. Construction works started in 1899 and the tunnel was opened in 1902. The purpose was to bring the workers in a fast and reliable way to the docks.

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Prime Meridian

Royal Observatory, Greenwich, London

To refer to a specific place on the planet a coordinate system is needed. We’re using longitude (west/east) and latitude (north/south) to tell where we are. The latitude is 0 on the equator but for longitude a position for 0 – the prime meridian – had to be defined. On a conference in Washington, United States different alternatives were analysed and it was defined that the prime meridian should be the one going through the Royal Observatory at Greenwich, London (as it was used most often by that time).

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