Sorry for the spamming of all of these blog posts, but as i have said before i am really keen to document what we did for my future reference as well. hopefully some of you out there are still interested
For our final day in London turned out to be a pretty cheap day, but with that came the crowds. People, People, everywhere.
The first thing we did was head down to Buckingham Palace for the changing of the guard. The first thing I will mention is that the crowds were just insane. It was school holidays in the UK, so literally you couldn’t see anything because of the all of the people. We arrived probably 40 minutes early and the crowds were so busy that we couldn’t get a decent spot. We got quite a good spot to see the guards march in and out of the palace, but we couldn’t see anything of the actual ceremony inside the gates. I think it would only be worth going if you were really keen to see it, and if so, i would get there REALLY early. I would probably get my breakfast and take it there to eat if i was going to go again. This was also the only day in London that it actually rained, we were very lucky with the weather i think. It wasn’t too bad though, and it cleared in the afternoon.
We also decided to go check out the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum, which, again due to School Holidays, were horrendously overcrowded. It took us about 45 minutes to even get into the Natural History Museum. Although it was good, it really wasn’t that enjoyable because you couldnt really just stroll around and take your time.
One thing that made up for the hectic day was the awesomely relaxing late afternoon walking through Hyde Park. We also decided to hire a bike – they have these bike stations everywhere, costs you £2 for 24 hours to hire one. Certainly a great way to get around, although I would stick to the back streets or places like Hyde Park as the traffic is just insane.
Me eating breakfast in the Hostel
Picadilly Circus in the Daytime
Guards ready to march out of the Palace
Chereen looking a bit wet
Natural History Museum – what an awesome building
Inside the NHM, complete with what seems like a significant fraction of the whole of London inside