GLOSS Issue 4 ( November / December 2017 ) - Page 64

F O O D WA N D E R L U S T LONDON CALLING Text By Sana Panjwani With a history stretching back to around 43 AD, the city of London has come a long way since its founding by the Romans as the small village of Londinium on the River Thames. In its 2,000 years, it has seen everything from the plague to World War II, helping the city grow into becoming one of the leading cultural and financial capital cities in the world. London’s rich history and culture has also made it one of the most popular destinations, its eclectic offerings – everything from arts and commerce, to fashion and entertainment – drawing in thousands and thousands of tourists annually. Compared to life in Pakistan and in the United Arab Emirates, London seems to be a straddle between the two, offering the melting pot of cultures found in the UAE along with the bolstering lively streets of Pakistan. From iconic double decker buses to buskers in the street and more green spaces lined between iconic landmarks, a one week visit is not even close to enough when it comes to uncovering the hidden gems of this culture capital. But if you are strained for time and looking to hit the hot spots, here are the top 8 destinations and experiences to check out. 58