After having a pretty easy day on the first full day, today was the day that we decided to really try and pack a bunch of stuff in, and thats what we did.
We started off by going down to the Tower of London, which was very interesting. I really don’t know much at all about British history, so it was really cool to see the Crown Jewels, and learn about all of the old Kings and Queens etc. There is just so much history in London, and it isn’t just the major landmarks – you walk past a beautiful building, one that looks like it would be the major landmark in Adelaide, but it turns out that it is just a bank or something else boring like that.
After spending the whole morning at the Tower of London, we spent the early afternoon at St Pauls Cathedral. The inside of the church is absolutely breathtaking, and we also had a tipoff that you had great views from the top, almost as good as the London Eye but included in the price already. The only catch is you had to climb the 240 odd steps yourself! Whilst that was quite a hike, and the lines were quite long, it was certainly an awesome view at the top.
From there we made a quick dash to back near the Tower of London for the Jack the Ripper walking tour, which was also free as part of our open top bus ticket, and it was really interesting, as we were walking around the east end of london. I also didn’t know much about the actual history of Jack the Ripper, so it was quite an interesting tour.
Finally we headed our way back to our hostel for a quick shower, before heading out to the West End to see Les Miserables. Chereen seemed to like it, which was good as i found it dragged on a bit. The performances were very good, and the first hour or so was quite ok but after that it dragged.
It was a very long day though, and made me realise that we are going to be VERY tired by the end of this trip, but it was fun.
Tower of London
White Tower, inside the Tower of London
Tower Bridge in the background
View from the top of St Pauls Cathedral
Queens Theatre, Picadilly Circus