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You never get sick of London

Up early to catch the 7.05 am bus to London. Stephen dropped us to the National Express stop. It was a 3-1/2 hour trip on a very comfy bus. We went via Warwick, Leamington Spa, Kenilworth and Coventry. Lavinia was at Victoria Coach Station to meet us and walked us to our accommodation at Elizabeth House on Warwick Way. She was living at Eccles Square just 30 secs. away. Our room wasn't very nice and the toilet didn’t work so we moved to a much better room on the ground floor. It was 50 pounds a night ($117). She then showed us how to walk up to Victoria Tube Station and we bought our day pass for Zones 1 and 2 and arranged to meet her for dinner. My day pass was 4 pounds 90p and Nathan’s 1 pound ($14).

We headed off to Tottenham Court Road to visit the British Museum. It was midday so we stopped in at Maccas for lunch – 7 pounds ($16.50). The British Museum is huge and we only visited the Egyptian section and saw the mummies.

Next we caught the tube to Tower Hill to visit the Tower of London. Entry fee was 14 pounds 50p for me ($35) and 9 pounds 50p for Nathan ($22).

We had a great couple of hours exploring all over. It was started in 1066 by William the Conqueror. We did the walk around the walls and through the towers and saw Traitors’ Gate where famous prisoners entered the Tower for the last time. The White Tower and Keep has been used for defence, as a palace, as an armoury and mint. Saw the crown jewels and the scaffold site where two of Henry VIII’s wives, Ann Boleyn and Catherine Howard, were beheaded. Saw the ravens – legend has it that should they ever leave, the White Tower would crumble and a great disaster would befall England.

We left there at 4.30 pm and checked out the beautiful Tower Bridge and then just started wandering around streets heading towards St. Paul’s.

We came across 'The Monument’ in Monument Street. It was built between 1671 and 1677 to commemorate the Great Fire of London and celebrate the rebuilding of the city. The Great Fire was in 1666 and burned for 3 days – 13,000 homes were burnt. Sir Christopher Wren (who designed St. Paul’s) designed it and it was 202 ft. high – the exact distance between it and the site in Pudding Lane where the fire began. We climbed up a stone staircase of 311 steps to a viewing platform . It was exhausting getting up there, but there was a great view. Cost $3 ($7.05).

Wandered up every little alley and saw some beautiful old pubs – ‘Old Cheshire Cheese’ and ‘cock Inn’ from the 1600s. Wandered up Bow Lane across Watling Street to Cheapside to the church of St Mary Le Bow. Every true cockney is supposed to be born within the sound of the famous ‘Bow Bells’. Beautiful little lane with shops and pubs. Kept wandering and church spires everywhere.

St. Paul’s is as impressive as always – popped in to see the inside just on closing. Kept wandering down Fleet Street and then turned up Chancery Lane to get the tube from Chancery Lane Station. It was dark (about 6pm) and the footpaths crowded with everyone leaving work. The most common shops we see everywhere are Starbucks and Pret-a-Manger on every block. Got the tube to Oxford Circus and let two trains go by as they were so full! Changed at Oxford for Victoria. Called Vinnie and met for an Indian meal off Warwick Way 24 pounds for the three of us ($57). Love Sainsbury and Tesco Supermarkets – great for ready made meals (stopped there for chocolates – Mars Bar 35p and MMs 1 pound 338p ($4).

British Museum

British Museum


Egyptian Section

Egyptian Section


A Mummy

A Mummy


London Wall

London Wall


London Wall Info

London Wall Info


Tower of London

Tower of London


Tower of London

Tower of London


Nathan by some armour

Nathan by some armour


The guards

The guards


Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge


Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge


View to St Pauls Cathedral from the Monument

View to St Pauls Cathedral from the Monument


Looking down the stairs we climbed up

Looking down the stairs we climbed up


Looking to St Pauls

Looking to St Pauls


A Pub

A Pub


St Pauls

St Pauls


FRont of St Pauls

FRont of St Pauls


Pub in an alley

Pub in an alley

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in United Kingdom

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