Where To Find London When It’s Not In London

Sydney shares many glamorous place names with London.

Sydney shares many glamorous place names with London. Image by Rachel Holdsworth.

Holidaying Londoner vulnerable to bouts of homesickness? Begrudging expat who’s been pressured into exile far out of your beloved Big Smoke? London-loving foreigner who yearns to be by the banks of the Thames? The capital could possibly be nearer than you assume. Here’s our information to discovering London when it’s not there.

London cabs

If you’re the kind of Londoner who will get pangs of nostalgia earlier than you’ve even touched down in overseas climes, e-book your vacation in Shanghai. Taxicab producer Manganese Bronze Holdings is owned by the Chinese firm Geely, which has a manufacturing plant near the town. Shanghai, subsequently, is teeming with the similar mannequin of cab so acquainted to Londoners. And, as one Guardian article claims, the hackney carriage might quickly grow to be ubiquitous in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Azerbaijan, too. The Turks, in the meantime, are vying to supply a brand new era of eco Taxi – the Concept V1. Could this quickly be plying the streets of each London and Istanbul?

gefExhibitions and exhibits

London’s museums and theatres roll out acclaimed exhibitions and exhibits like no one’s enterprise. But simply since you’re not in London, doesn’t imply you don’t have entry to them. The Jewish Museum’s Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait was warmly acquired in Camden final yr, and for those who occur to be in Vienna between now and August 20, you possibly can catch it there. At the Fondazione Roma Museo, there’s nonetheless time to admire work on mortgage from the British Museum, Tate Britain, Victoria & Albert Museum, Royal Academy, National Portrait Gallery, and Museum of London – together with this Westminster Bridge piece by Canaletto.

Equestrian WWI tearjerker War Horse isn’t simply on on the New London Theatre – you’ll be able to see it in Berlin in the mean time, too. And in case you don’t occur to be in London for the reopening of The Curious Incident of the Dog within the Night-Time on the Gielgud this summer time, perhaps you’ll be round Broadway within the autumn, the place it’s on on the Ethel Barrymore Theatre from September.

Needle in New York.

Needle in New York.

Familiar landmarks

London is a singular metropolis, but there are one in every of two locations abroad with some very comparable landmarks. Pay a go to to the Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam, and also you’ll really feel such as you’re inside Bevis Marks Synagogue within the City; that’s as a result of it was based mostly on the Portuguese Synagogue’s blueprints. On the off-probability you employ Gants Hill Tube commonly, you’ll really feel at residence in Moscow’s decadent Metro system: the English architect Charles Holden was closely influenced by the Soviet metro when designing the east London station. More transit similarities in Liverpool, the place you possibly can catch the Northern Line to Waterloo. And there are numerous locations, everywhere in the world, which make (unlawful) use of the famous tube roundel.

Go to Melbourne or Sydney in Australia, in the meantime, and ultimately you’ll end up resting within the shade of a London aircraft tree; this hardy species strains many a road Down Under. Oh sure, and Cleopatra’s Needle has sisters in Central Park, NYC and Place de la Concorde, Paris.

London expats (who aren’t coming again)

As for Londoners not with us – in each senses of the time period – there’s John Keats (buried within the aptly named Cimitero degli Inglesi in Rome), Sir Richard Wallace (he of Wallace Collection fame – now resting in Père Lachaise, Paris), Walworth-born Charlie Chaplin (his grave might be present in in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland), and woggle-sporting head honcho Robert Baden-Powell (buried in Nyeri, Kenya). All 4 now have loads of time for a chinwag concerning the housing bubble, eels, and the rise of the flat white.

Fake Londons

We’ve all heard the saying ‘When not in Rome, construct a pretend Rome’, proper? In Songjiang District close to Shanghai (once more), they have been so determined to recreate the environment of London, they really constructed a (kind of) model of London, specifically Thames Town. Here, you’ll discover purple phone bins, a statue of Winston Churchill, London cabs (courtesy of Geely, in fact) and even a man-made River Thames. Unlike its actual life inspiration, nevertheless, Thames Town is reportedly affected by a dwindling inhabitants. And although it’s not been confirmed, the rumours are that Kim Jong-un has had a reproduction Big Ben erected in Pyongyang. Can any of our North Korean readers affirm this?

By the best way, in the event you’re out of London however nonetheless within the UK, why not pop into your nearest Little London.

See additionally M:00 pm – Source: londonist.com
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