London: Day 4

We awoke to another cloudy and foggy day–but of course we wouldn’t let that slow us down.

The first stop was The Shard – London’s newest skyscraper. Pyramid-shaped, the Shard is 87 stories high and is the tallest building in the European Union. The observation area – The View from the Shard – just opened last month.

To get there, we took the tube to the London Bridge station and made our way to the skyscraper. I had purchased tickets in advance so we did not have to wait in line.

After a quick elevator (excuse me, lift) ride, you are on level 69 – the indoor viewing gallery. This gives you great views of the River Thames, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and much more. Then you can go up to level 72 which is the (partially) outdoor viewing gallery.

The Shard, London

The Shard, London

Although it was cloudy, it was still a great site to see!

Following our sky high adventure, it was back to ground level. Next up was the Canada Water Library – admittedly, not on most people’s itinerary. However, since it was just a short tube ride away (and because I’m a librarian), I wanted to see it. We took a short tour to see library services “across the pond.”

Now it was time to go over from the east side to west side of London, to Notting Hill. Back on the tube, we exited at Notting Hill Gate, and walked to Portobello Road. We visited some of the antique shops and the market.

Portobello Road, London

Portobello Road, London

Up until now, we had only dealt with light rain – the usual London stuff, but then the skies opened and it was raining hard. We decided it was a good time to break for lunch.

On a whim we decided to try Saporitalia (Tripadvisor review) – an Italian restaurant on Portobello Road. It ended up being one of our favorite eating experiences during the trip. I had a delicious plate of grilled vegetables, cheese, and meats, followed by an entree of spaghetti with zucchini.

Bellies full, we then walked back to the tube station at Notting Hill Gate and took it to Marble Arch.

From there, we walked up Edgware Road to show my mom where I lived in London, during my semester abroad. Then it was over to City of Westminster College in Paddington where our classes were held.

City of Westminster College, Paddington, London

City of Westminster College, Paddington, London

Now fully soaked from the rain, we returned to the hotel to change and warm up. We walked to a nearby pub in Pimlico – The Gallery – for dinner.

Below are some photos from day 4. For the full set of London pics, check out my Flickr album.

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