Things to Do
“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” Samuel Johnson said that in 1777, and it still holds today. If you’re coming to Confab from out of town, add a few days (or a week) to your trip so you can see what all the fuss is about. Here are some ideas to get you started—remember that Time Out and Google maps are your friends.
Be one of the first to see the highest viewing platform in London at the brand new View from the Shard—at 310m, the tallest building in Western Europe. (Book months in advance to secure your slot.) Despite the arrival of its taller neighbour, a ride on the London Eye ferris-wheel is still a spectacular experience, and they now offer priority tickets so you can avoid the queues. And don’t miss St Paul’s Cathedral, London’s grandest church, which dates from 604 AD and is only five minutes’ walk from The Mermaid.
Tate Modern is one of the most famous contemporary art museums in the world. The London Transport Museum explores the engineering, structural, and artistic history of London. And the Museum of London explores the history of London from all angles, including art, archeology, and science.
Although they’re busy after work, London has many excellent pubs with beautiful interiors, good beer, and a relaxed atmosphere. The Blackfriar, on the site of a Dominican friary, is opposite The Mermaid. Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, rebuilt after the Fire of London, dates back to at least 1538—Charles Dickens was a regular. For a great view of the Thames, check out the Founders Arms.