London Diaries: Week 11 Day 1

A lovely after work walk in Embankment Gardens started the week off. We wandered across the Millennium bridge to the South Bank where I got to capture as lovely a sunset photo that is possible in London. No matter how many times I had walked alongside the river Thames during my stay I could never resist a photo of the river, Big Ben or St Pauls. We also discovered the South African store selling Niknaks, Mrs Balls and biltong to name a few items. I started becoming slightly obsessed with spotting all the Shaun the Sheep sculptures around the city.

We purchased a 6 day London pass and I was determined to see as much as possible on it. We visited the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast, London Dungeon & Curzon Soho on the first day which was quite action packed.

The Tower of London is an absolute must. My favourite part was the Beefeaters tour and getting to see the Crown jewels. The tour is a fantastic way to learn about the history while still being entertained.

Tower Bridge exhibition is something I would recommend skipping. You climb all the way up to watch a short video, read information about the bridge construction and then attempt to take photos on a very small section of glass flooring. Unless you are a bridge enthusiast, skip this.

Aboard the HMS Belfast you learn plenty about the ship while exploring the different decks. It is something different to the usual museums but also more suited to ship enthusiasts.

I loved the London Bridge experience. Its a journey through London’s past told by actors on different sets which you walk around and experience. A really fun way to learn about London.

We then visited pretty little Neal’s Yard to have dinner at Homeslice. Even though we were there early we had to wait ages for a table. When we finally got in the pizza I wanted was sold out, I ended up having a pizza that didn’t have cheese on it (how is that pizza?!) and spilt the drink of the person next to us which we then paid for. Needless to say Homeslice proved to be a horrible experience and somewhere I wouldn’t be revisiting. The pizza is not worth the price or wait – you can find better at Pizza Express.

After some tears the evening was redeemed by a trip to Curzon Soho. We watched Wild Tales which told six seriously over the top apocalyptic tales of revenge that was seriously funny. Movies in London are super expensive so I am glad we had the London pass. The great thing about London is that is something to do no matter what your taste is. There is actually such an abundance of activities that even those living there can’t do it all. I guess it really is true than when you are tired of London you are tired of life!

1. South African Store / 2-5. Embankment Gardens / 6. Obligatory red phone booth picture / 7-21. Embankment & South Bank Surrounds / 22-23. Shaun the Sheep / 24-50. Tower of London / 51. Roasted peanuts / 52-60. Tower Bridge / 61-65. Views from South Bank / 66-72. HMS Belfast / 73. London Dungeon / 74-78. Neal’s Yard & Home Slice / 79-81. Movie at Curzon Soho / 82. China Town

London & Life,
CG

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