London: Day 2

 

Another big walking day for us! My mom is a speedwalker, so it was me trying to keep up.

First we took the tube to Mansion House and made the short walk to St. Paul’s Cathedral where took the first tour of the morning. Loved the architecture and we felt like we had the place to ourselves.

St. Paul's Cathedral, London

St. Paul’s Cathedral, London

Then we stepped out into the pesky London rain, made our way back to the Mansion House tube station and took the tube to Tower Hill. Exiting the station, you’re at the foot of the Tower of London. This was our next stop.

We spent quite a bit of time wandering the grounds, visiting each of the buildings, the Crown Jewels, and had a good lunch at the New Armouries Cafe.

Tower of London

Tower of London

After getting our fill at the Tower, we headed over to Tower Bridge and went on the Tower Bridge Exhibition. Following that, we crossed the River Thames and walked from London City Hall over to the Globe Theatre and the Tate Modern (free!) where we toured around.

Then we crossed the River Thames again, over the Millennium Bridge, where walked back to the Mansion House tube station.

Millennium Bridge, London

Millennium Bridge, London

We took the tube to Covent Garden station. Here’s where we made a mistake! I forgot about this from my semester abroad in London. The Covent Garden tube station does not have escalators. It has a lift (elevator). This often causes a long wait…but you can take the stairs. We did: it’s 193 steps–the equivalent of a 15-story building!

Did some shopping at Covent Garden Market, and then walked to Leicester Square and Chinatown. Then made our way over to Piccadilly Circus.

Piccadilly Circus, London

Piccadilly Circus, London

After that we did some shopping along Regent Street and had intended to catch the tube at Oxford Circus…but police weren’t letting anyone in because Queen Elizabeth II herself was being given a royal tour of some sort!

So not exactly sure what to do, we kept walking up Regent Street, stumbled upon the BBC Broadcasting House, and made our way to the Regent’s Park tube station.

We made it back to the hotel and just grabbed a quick dinner at an Italian restaurant – O’Sole Mio – near our hotel.

Then we decided we were up for more walking and wanted to see some of the landmarks lit up at night. We took the tube to Westminster and got photos of Big Ben/Houses of Parliament and the London Eye.

London Eye

London Eye

After that, it was time to go back to the hotel and time for bed. We were “knackered” as they say!

Here are a few photos from day 2 below. For the full set of London photos, check out my Flickr album.

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