About Chris O
Lives in London
Since Aug 2007
Hi. I’m Chris, an American freelance creative living in London. I keep busy working as a blogger, photojournalist, community manager, consultant, curator and more. The opportunities and challenges keep getting bigger, better and more meaningful for me every year! I’m having so much fun. Favorite destinations are many and my list of must-see places to visit seems to get longer the more I travel! I’m a huge fan of Lisbon, Istanbul and Queenstown – to name but a few preferred repeat locations. I also love heading back to the States every chance I find and cannot get enough of the Deep South – Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and the Carolinas – and Hawaii holds a particularly special place in my heart as well. And even though I’ve been based in London for years, it and the whole of Britain still yield myriad wonders for me.
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites
Government Buildings, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
Bodies of Water
Historic Sites, Sacred & Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
History Museums, Historic Sites, Military Museums
Castles, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Gardens
The front-running contender for the geographic heart of London, Trafalgar Square is a brilliant spot for meeting up with friends and embarking upon any number of Central London adventures. But it's an interesting destination in its own right as well - with an impressive calendar of free events, an ever-changing Fourth Plinth public art display, the famed lions on constant vigil and Nelson's Column extending above it all.
This is the largest single open space in London used for the changing of the guards. At its entrance you will find two mounted soldiers who – along with their horses – stand as still as statues, despite the constant throngs of tourists and the many photos taken of them.
No 10 Downing Street is home to the British Prime Minister. You never know who you might catch a glimpse of when passing by.
The Palace of Westminster (aka the Houses of Parliament) is home to the Elizabeth Tower (aka St Stephens Tower) and is best known for the huge bell that hangs inside – Big Ben! This stately and rather ornate complex, set beside the Thames, is both an iconic image of London and also an incongruous Neo-Gothic wonder in its own right, unlike any other buildings around it.
Make sure you take some time to behold the mighty Thames. Whether you amble along Victoria Embankment on its north shore or cross over to explore the South Bank, numerous pedestrianised areas on either side offer plenty of photo opportunities to capture the views of this famous river.
Maybe you've heard of Will and Kate – the last couple who made the news by getting hitched here? This age-old and gorgeous Abbey was making news long before the latest round of Royal Family tabloid fodder activity, though. It is the burial home of more than 3,000 people, from monarchs to poets.
The underground headquarters of Winston Churchill and his wartime government during the Blitz are now open to the public, along with an interactive Churchill Museum that offers a fascinating look at life during World War II, plus a chance to see how technological advances then have changed the way we live today.
Whether you're a loyal royalist, an avid republican, or an ambivalent bystander, you can't deny that “Buck House” is as fascinating a piece of living history as it gets. The Queen's Gallery, home to one of the largest and most important art collections in the world, is also one of the last great European royal collections to remain intact - and well worth a visit.
An English garden (on a grand scale, in the heart of town, for everyone to enjoy), St James's Park is home to arguably London's most beloved view (from its Blue Bridge), some of Britain's prettiest floral beds, and, oh yeah…its very own flock of pelicans - first introduced to the park in 1664 as a gift from the Russian ambassador.