Saturday, 25 July 2015

London 4-Day Itinerary: Day Two

Read Day 1 here - British Museum and River Thames
Read Day 2 here - Buckingham Palace and Tower Bridge
Read Day 3 here - Warner Brothers Studio Tour
Read Day 4 here - King's Cross and Harrod's

We began our full day of London city touring at the Breakfast Club by Liverpool Station. First stop of the day was from Kensington High Street Station and walking to Kensington Palace. It honestly was not as grand as what I expected a palace to look like but it boasted a large park and pond. The gift store was cute with all the royal and British products.

Kensington Palace
Alighting from Victoria Station, we went to Buckingham Palace after the changing guards time was over but there were still a lot of people. Again, the palace was not as large as I imagined it to be but it was still nice. The area felt very patriotic with UK flags floating in between the trees on the streets surrounding the palace.

Buckingham Palace
From Buckingham Palace we walked down Birdcage Street toward the Palace of Westminster (UK Parliament) to see Big Ben. Again, there were many tourists. If you're taking the underground, alight at Westminster Station. Westminster Abbey was also in the area.

Big Ben
Next we went to see the St Paul Cathedral (alight at St Paul Station.) Outside the cathedral we spotted an old style double decker bus number 15 to Tower Hill and hopped on immediately. Someone at the back door scanned our Oyster cards with a handheld device. Most of the double decker buses were the newer style so we were glad we caught this one despite the lack of air conditioning. It wasn't too hot with the windows open.

St Paul Cathedral
Interior of cathedral
Double decker bus
Traffic jam was a constant problem in central London and many streets were single lane for each direction so it took a while to get there. We alighted a few stops early and walked instead because the bus was so slow.

Tower Bridge was a beautiful structure in stone with blue and white suspensions. I always thought that this bridge was London Bridge but it appeared that there was a new style concrete bridge a few blocks away from Tower Bridge that was actually named London Bridge. Hence what I thought of as London Bridge was actually called Tower Bridge.

Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
Read Day 1 here - British Museum and River Thames
Read Day 2 here - Buckingham Palace and Tower Bridge
Read Day 3 here - Warner Brothers Studio Tour
Read Day 4 here - King's Cross and Harrod's
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