Today was our first guided sightseeing tour of London. We started off bright and early—and it was worth getting up early because the streets and sidewalks were almost empty. While everyone was still asleep, we were able to get around the city and see more than I thought we could in one day.
We started with possibly the most well known building in London: Buckingham Palace, the London home and office of Queen Elizabeth.
After a trip through the western part of London and stopping at Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey, we stopped to see St. Paul’s Cathedral. This version of the cathedral was built in the late 17th century but there have been various cathedrals built in this same spot since 604 AD.
Later, we had some free time to explore on our own. I decided to spend some time in the east side of the city and at the Tower of London.
The Tower of London was built around 1066 and is full of history. During my visit, I learned about a murder mystery, became a royal bloodline expert (that might be an exaggeration) and saw the extremely valuable and sparkly Crown Jewels of The United Kingdom. This view of Tower Bridge from the London Tower really caught my eye.
After I saw that view, I had to head over to Tower Bridge and take the tour. I got to go to the top and get a lesson on how the bridge was built—and get some amazing views from the top.
After the tour of the top I got to walk the length of the bridge and then go underneath to check out the old steam engine rooms. It was a great side trip to end the day.
That’s a wrap on Saturday, tomorrow we are going to have an in depth tour of Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s cathedral and then take a ride on the London Eye!