London

London London-9

The Queen’s Arms in Kensington– pub: lunch + beer (I got the London Pale Ale w a Caesar salad 👍🏻for 10£/$15) 

London-8Natural History Museum (ok) & Victoria and Albert museum (better) – both free 

Tombo Cafe – Japanese (salmon bowl, matcha dessert) cheap, fast, yummy, healthy.. Mostly 

Museums:

LondonThe British Museum + Tate Modern

London-3“Free” Walking tour from Green Park 11am daily (Saturday) 

Markets: Bourough + Portobello Road/Brick Lane (Sunday 10-5) 

A perfect Friday: breakfast, shower, British museum (good cafeteria lunch), Tate modern, dinner at Gunpowder– Indian, trendy, affordable 

Hyde park 

Wasabi quick sushi to take away- sushi picnic in the park, British Museum (again) + dinner at Busaba Eathai

St. Paul’s Cathedral (whispering gallery)…walk West past Temple Bar to Oxford Street…walk past Oxford Circus, Cavendish Square, Royal Society of Medicine (see first drawings of the brain)

Light rail through canary wharf to Greenwich (observatory museum) 

London-7Ride on top of red double-decker bus

EAT:

Breakfast: Bistroteque (pancakes), Beagle, Provender

Lunch: Escocesa (seafood), Singapore Garden (roti canai, char kway teow), Caravan King’s Cross, Trullo, Rochelle Canteen (get dessert), Honey & Co, Counter Culture (nduja+cream+flatbread), Snaps & Rye

Dinner: CoBa (prawns toast), Twist (prawns/pasta), Flesh & Buns, Dishoom, Primeur, Naughty Piglets, Berber & Q (cauliflower), Jidori, Padella, Artusi

Lessons from terror attack on/around the London Bridge on June 3, 2017

  1. The people of London keep calm and carry on. On the night of the attack I was picked up by an Uber driver who voiced his fears. The next morning people on the train and at the airport were speaking to me about their concerns. On the night of the attack many friends, both local to London and afar reached out to offer me help. For days following, the brevity of the attack and the need to continue life “as normal” ASAP were both at the forefront of public conversation. London is the most highly-functioning diverse city I have been to in the world (and I’ve been to quite a few cities). While many cities keep a clear line between racial communities, London is a more seamless melting pot for many cultures. I believe that England’s history of colonization has forced issues of race and diversity to the forefront of London life and I am impressed with the ease at which Londoners discuss what’s right and what’s wrong with themselves and their city. I felt an overall sense of determination to carry on despite potential fear re: future attacks in talking to locals. I felt a compassion for one another both on the night of the attack and in the following days. Keep doing what you are doing, London. Let the world look to London as an example of how a diverse Western city aught to function even in the light of disaster.
  2. Citizen-police cooperation and mutual admiration between the two absolutely inspired me in London. The night of the attack it was reported that the time between the first call reporting the attack on the London Bridge and the police shooting all 3 attackers was under eight minutes. That is some good police work! The day after the attack the streets were visibly highly patrolled yet the attitude wasn’t frantic. I felt more safe seeing the police present. That day I saw a man trying on a policeman’s helmet and my little brother exchanged jokes with another policeman from the window of a coffee shop. I couldn’t help but compare this experience to my experience of U.S. policing. In the U.S., many of my friends (especially non-white friends) express fear of the police. If I’m completely honest I wouldn’t always turn to the police on first instinct either. There is some kind of trust or respect lacking between many U.S. citizens and law enforcement. I should say that there are also many great officers, some of them are my good friends, in U.S. law enforcement. We need our police and I am grateful for all of the order they maintain. But a sense of community between citizens and police is clearly lacking in my home country. Community can help build cooperation and mutual success. The union of citizens and police in London shined light on the possibility for this kind of improvement at home. Especially in the current global political climate, union between citizens and those responsible for protecting them must be strengthened in order to preserve our safety more efficiently. My experience in London set a new standard for policing in my mind. I hope that U.S. policing can live up to this standard one day.

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