Our Powerhouse Journey Around the World continues, and we are now half-way through our circumnavigation of the World. We have now travelled 772 miles from Copenhagen to our new destination of London, England.
London is the capital city of England and of the United Kingdom. It spans an area of 13,690 square miles. London had an official population of 8,308,369 in 2012, making it the most populous municipality in the European Union. There is a diverse range of peoples and cultures within this city, with more than 300 languages spoken.
Though London is a huge and busy city, it is considered relatively safe for the most part, though it is always best to take sensible precautions. As a tourist it is best to plan your route before you leave your hotel. Always keep your purse or wallet close to you and do not carry too much cash at any one time. Remember that cars drive on the left, so take extra care when crossing roads.
London is filled with many, many tourist attractions. Some of the most popular attractions are The London Eye, Tower of London, The Natural History Museum and Buckingham Palace.
The London Eye has become a major feature of London’s skyline, and has the best views of more than 55 of London’s famous landmarks. The London Eye consists of 32 capsules , each weighing 10 tons and holding up to 25 people per capsule. The journey on this famous attraction takes 30 minutes.
The Tower of London is one of the world’s most famous buildings. It has been a royal palace, a prison and place of execution, arsenal, jewel house, as well as a zoo. The Crown Jewels are housed in the Tower of London and guarded by the Yeoman Warders, otherwise known as the ‘Beefeaters’.
The Natural History Museum houses a collection of the biggest, tallest and rarest animals in the world. As well as an impressive dinosaur exhibition, it also boasts a life-sized blue whale and a 40-million-year-old spider!
Buckingham Palace is the official London residence and the primary workplace of the British monarchy. The Palace is located in the City of Westminster.
London is divided into Boroughs, within which have neighborhoods. One of the less safe Boroughs is Southwark. West London is considered safer and more upmarket than East London. As always apply Powerhouse Self-Defense’s rule of PROI: PREDICTION of misplaced situations, that is being aware of anything that appears out of context. RECOGNITION of potentially harmful behavior. OBSERVATION of your surroundings. Look for street signs and landmarks. Know exactly where you are at ALL times. INTUITION: Trust your gut and when in doubt, both feet out!
2012 LONDON CRIME STATISTICS (According to The London Police Service)
Sexual Assault: 288
TOTAL CRIME: 2,465
EMERGENCY SERVICES NUMBER: 999 or 112
LONDON FUN FACTS:
1. For almost a century London was the most densely populated city on earth.
2. Hitler had a plan to dismantle Nelson’s Column and display it in Berlin.
3. Covent Garden is a spelling mistake. The area used to be the market garden for a convent.
4. Waterloo Bridge was built mostly by women.
5. Until 1916, the famous Harrod’s shop in Knightsbridge sold pure cocaine to the general public.
OUR POWERHOUSE JOURNEY AROUND THE WORLD CONTINUES. WHERE WILL WE BE NEXT WEEK?
Jennifer Riis-Poulsen is the Founder & CEO and also a 2nd degree black belt, who formed Powerhouse Self-Defense as a response to the ever-increasing statistics on emotional and physical attacks on females each year. She made reducing these statistics a mission and personal goal and has set out to develop a comprehensive, HOLISTIC personal safety and empowerment program focused on awareness and powerful techniques to build courage and confidence. For more information visit http://powerhouseselfdefense.com