Best of The Best.
For the second day, my family and I have already booked a tour via Viator. It is an amazing site that lets you book tours from a variety of providers. (No, I’m not paid by them) The tour will take me to several landmarks, like Greenwich and Buckingham Palace.
I was really looking forward to this day because yesterday, I haven’t seen any of the landmarks that define London. Today however, I will be going to a lot of those!
The day started off at 6. Today, I was wearing a white sweater layered with a denim jacket, sand colored chinos, and white authentic Vans. Although my mom disapproves strongly of this because of the cold, I still wore it anyway. You know…For Instagram purposes.
We were picked up by a bus and we drove straight to the meeting point. At the meeting point, we were divided according to the tours we booked. It was a lot more confusing than expected though. One woman said it was bus number this, and another said it was number that. So, that’s a little disappointing.
But guess what? A lot of people got confused too! Including a lovely couple from Canada, we instantly got friendly with. After walking here and there, we finally found the right bus and we got in to officially begin the tour.
St. Paul’s Contemporary Design.
The first stop was St. Paul’s Cathedral, an enormous cathedral that has the 2nd biggest dome only to be beaten by that of St. Peter’s in Vatican. The outside was obviously majestic, but the inside was surprisingly simplistic.
The tour guide said it was because the architect intended it to have a modern feel. There was also a more intricate part of the building that was created because of The Queen’s order.
It was a very unique looking cathedral. I wasn’t allowed to take any photos however, so I can’t show it to you. But if you really want to, you can always Google it!
I wanted to go to the rooftop, but because of the packed itineraries, I can’t. But if you ever go here, I would recommend you to go up. It will give you an unfiltered view of London that you won’t get by riding London Eye.
Slightly Different Changing of The Guards.
After that, we were supposed to watch The Changing of The Guards ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Unfortunately, it was not available for the day. So, we were directed to another less majestic Changing of The Guards.
This one was very uneventful. Basically, it was just a bunch of soldiers mounted on horses. Then, they lined up and the captain circle around the others like a thousand times. It was cool though, watching them trotting at the streets.
Next was Buckingham Palace, our initial destination. I must say, it isn’t as big as I thought. It was also very bland, like the most photogenic thing out there was the gates and the statue in front of it. But I must admit that I was very fascinated by the fact that The Queen was just a few doors in front of me.
After spending an hour there, we headed to the Tower of London. There, we spectated the Royal Jewels, a beautiful collection of crowns, tiaras, and even swords that was decorated by hundreds of rubies, diamonds, and all that.
We also went to the towers where two crown princes were reportedly murdered by their uncle. So those historical dramas weren’t really exaggerating after all…
pm at GMT.
All that history made all of us sleepy, so we went to Greenwich by water taxi to enjoy London from a different point of view. The scenery was stunning and the boat’s equipped with toilets and cafes. It was a wonderful change of scenery.
An hour later, we arrived at Greenwich, which you all know is where the prime meridian is. We explored the Royal Naval College, Cutty Sark, and so on.
Fun fact: Apparently, there is a laser pointed from Greenwich to London to divide the eastern and western hemisphere.
After exploring a bit, we took a water taxi to London Eye. This is where the group splits up. It was quite sad really, as we were getting along quite nicely. 🙁 But the scenery from up there was spectacular enough to made me forget it.
London’s night view was as amazing as I thought. I could see the House of Parliament glowing with lights, the bustling city filled with warming colors, and so much more. It was an experience I recommend to every single one of you. Worth every penny (or pence!)
Your Runaway Panda.