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.
Art Museums, History Museums
Flea & Street Markets, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Observation Decks & Towers
Castles, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Gardens
Government Buildings, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
Historic Sites, Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
Churches & Cathedrals
Theatres, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
Speciality Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historical & Heritage Tours, Bridges, Observation Decks & Towers
Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
They are something we take for granted today, but before the 1750s publicly owned museums didn't exist. Founded in 1753 and open to the public in 1759, the British Museum is the world's first ever national public museum, and arguably one of the best with more than eight million artefacts spanning two million years of history. Highlights include the ancient Egyptian Rosetta Stone, the Benin Bronzes and classical Greek sculptures from the Parthenon in Athens.
Buskers, pub crawlers, opera lovers, theatre goers, shopaholics, foodies, and more from across London and around the world all find Covent Garden and the village-y retail enclave of Seven Dials to be a most splendid setting for cavorting, where people have been doing exactly that for centuries.
When I first moved to London, it took a turn on the London Eye to get a sense of how this sprawling and ancient city was laid out. I recommend a spin on the Eye as a must to every local and any visitor keen to see all of London in one go.
No matter 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. When you go be sure to see what's on at The Queen's Gallery, home to one of the largest and most important art collections in the world, and one of the last great European royal collections to remain intact.
The Palace of Westminster (aka the Houses of Parliament) is home to the Elizabeth Tower (aka St Stephens Tower) best known for the bell inside – Big Ben! This stately and rather ornate complex set beside the Thames is the very image of London while also an incongruous Neo-Gothic wonder unlike any other buildings around it.
Maybe you've heard of Will and Kate – the last couple to have made news getting hitched here? Long before the latest round of Royal Family tabloid activity, the age old and gorgeous Westminster Abbey was making news, where more than 3,000 people (monarchs, poets, and more) are buried.
Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece still wows today and sets a dignified and reverent tone to London's ancient core. As magnificent as it is to view from the outside, be sure to take a tour of the interior to appreciate Wren's genius fully.
Arguably the world's greatest playwright and England's most treasured export, Shakespeare and his plays are the stars of the show at the Globe, an open-air reconstructed Elizabethan theatre just like the one where the Bard used to stage his shows.
Named for its proximity to the Tower of London, the world's most famous combined bascule and suspension bridge represents yet another London icon that's unlike anything else seen in the city.
Officially known as “Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress” the Tower of London represents nearly 1,000 years of history – with plenty of blood, gore, and intrigue entwined in its tale. Shh … was that the ghost of Ann Boleyn heard crying from the chapel?! While you're here, definitely take a gander at the Crown Jewels, they will make your jaw drop!