09.07.2015 - 11.07.2015 19 °C
I arrive at Heathrow Airport at 12:00PM. The hotel I'm staying in while in London is the Mercure London Bridge Hotel. This hotel is $196 CAD a night and is a 4 star hotel. It's in walking distance of some of London's most popular tourist attractions, such as Shakespeare's Globe Theater, St. Paul's Cathedral and Borough Market. This hotel has unlimited free Wi-Fi, 24 hour front desk, laundry service and breakfast is available.
Mercure London Bridge Hotel
After I check into my hotel I decide to go look for somewhere to have lunch, because I'm pretty hungry after my 3 hour flight. I decide to go to New London Café. I decide to order a spicy chicken wrap with fries. After lunch it's time to explore London. I decide that I want to go and look at all the museums in London today. The first museum I go to is National Gallery. The National Gallery has over 2000 works of western European art spanning from the middle ages to the 20th century. Like most of the major museums in London, it is free to get in. I spend a 2 hours at this museum and then I go to the British Museum. This museum was founded in 1753 and it's also free to get in to. This museum has a collection of things spanning over 2 million years of human history. Some objects they have are the Rosetta Stone, Parthenon sculptures, and Egyptian mummies. I spend 3 hours at this museum so when I'm done looking at everything it has I decide to go find somewhere to eat for dinner. I go to a restaurant called The Five Fields. The cuisine at this restaurant is British. After dinner I continue looking at museums, the next museum I go to is the Natural History Museum. This museum is one of London's most beautiful landmarks and some of its most popular exhibits are the dinosaur gallery and the mammals display, which has a life sized blue whale. The last museum I'm going to today is the Tate Modern. This museum is the former Bankside Power Station, it's along the River Thames and it holds modern and contemporary art. I visit these museums the whole day and after that I go back to my hotel and go to sleep.
I wake up and for breakfast I go to Balthazar, I get scrambled eggs for breakfast. The first place I'm going to today is the London Eye. The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel in the centre of London that gives me a great and beautiful view of the city from one place. The ride around the wheel takes 30 minutes and inside each capsule you can listen to an interactive guide. Some of the landmarks that you can see while on the ride are Big Ben, River Thames and the Houses of Parliament. The London Eye is the world's tallest cantilevered observation wheel.
The London Eye
After riding the London Eye I go to the Tower of London. At the Tower of London I can see the Crown Jewels that are still regularly used by the Queen. I will also go see the oldest part of the tower, which is called the White Tower. I will explore the four floors of the tower and the Norman architecture and Royal Armouries Collections. The London Tower is one of the most famous castles in the world and is an iconic symbol of London and Britain. While at the tower I decide to take a tour so that I can learn more about what's in the tower and it's history.
Tower of London
After exploring the London Tower I move on and to go see Buckingham Palace. Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of the Queen. I go on a tour and on it I get to see things like the state rooms, the grand staircase, some fine art and I listen to a free audio tour that is introduced by Prince Charles. After the audio tour I go outside to look at the gardens. After walking through the gardens I go to the Garden Café for lunch, here I get tea and some pastries.
The next thing I go see is Big Ben. Big Ben is a clock tower and one of London's most famous landmarks. Big Ben is actually the name of the bell inside the tower, which has rarely ever stopped, even after a bomb hit the Commons chamber in World War Two. After looking at Big Ben I move on to go see the Tower Bridge. The Tower Bridge has been over the River Thames since 1894 and it is one of London's most recognizable and visited landmarks. There is a Tower Bridge Exhibition and here I get to learn the history of the bridge and how it was built, there is also a Glass Floor walkway that lets me see what's under the bridge.
The next place I go to is St. Paul's Cathedral. I take a guided tour while I'm here so that while I'm exploring the building I'm also learning about it. We go down to crypt and look at tombs and memorials, which are of some of Britain's great heroes such as Admiral Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington. I climb up the Golden Gallery and enjoy a view of London. It's now 6:30PM so I decide to go find something for dinner. I go to Olde London Fish & Chips, which has been a family run restaurant since 1994, and obviously, I get Fish & Chips for dinner. After dinner I decide to go a few more places before going back to my hotel to sleep. The first place I go to is Westminster Abbey. Westminster Abbey is one of the world's great churches, and it's 700 years old. The church is in the heart of London. I take a guided tour while here, and we see the Shrine, the Royal Tombs and the Poets' Corner.
After visiting the church I go to Trafalgar Square. Trafalgar Square has the Nelson's Column in it, as well as other monuments. This square is in the heart of London and is one of the cities most vibrate and open spaces. I sit by one of the fountains and think about everything I've gone to see today and go through all the pictures on my camera before returning to my hotel to go to bed.
I wake up and have breakfast in my hotel, I have some time to do things today before I have to go to the airport to leave for Rome. I go Kensington Palace first. The palace is the official residents of Princess Kate and Prince William, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. It was built in 1605 and one of London's most beautiful palaces, it was also the childhood home of Queen Victoria. After looking at the Palace I go to Hyde Park. This park is one of the largest parks in England. After walking around the park and looking at the trees and lake I go to the airport. I go to London Heathrow airport and take a British Airlines flight to Leonardo da Vinci International Airport in Rome. The flight is $192 and 2 hours long.