Someone else finally noticed...
Lonely Planet has issued its verdict on London: "overcrowded, overpriced and overrated".
I have known this for years and moaned about it to anyone within hearing distance. Even expensive hotels can be mediocre to down-right dodgy. It is almost impossible to find a decent meal at a decent price, outside Chinatown and some Indian restaurants. Beyond old buildings, many in need of repair, there's not much worth the trip. It's a bit like Disneyland, but at least children are fooled by show.
Still, I like London. First of all, it's fun to complain about. Next, it has great bookshops. And, the eclectic range of shops is unmatched. There is a good range of theater entertainment. Of course, having a similar language is a nice extra, even if one can find English speakers most places on this planet.
I will return, and I will continue to complain...
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Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.