29.05.2013 - 29.05.2013 9 °C
Wednesday 29th of May
Another early morning this morning, although it was 6:00am today, body is slowly but surely getting into holiday mode. Got myself out of bed and gingerly made my way to the window secretly praying for a nice day, fail, raining and miserably cold, thanks London. We had high plans for today, tower of London and ST pauls cathedral and with the lines we experienced yesterday we wanted to get an early start. The only thing that was going to put a spanner in the works was my foot, it was hurting yesterday, not terribly bad and I can't recall twisting it or anything and just put it down to too much walking but this morning upon getting out of bed I could barely put any weight on it, it looked ok so took some aspirin and sucked it up. Got ready and headed down to the restaurant on level 1 for another hot breakfast and was out the door by 9:00am.
We decided to go to the tower of London first and caught the tube from Russell square to tower hill. Exited the train station and bam the tower of London was right there in front of us, the buildings looked amazing but it was bone chilling cold as it's right on the edge of river themes an it was windy, my four layers of clothing today went working in my favor. Headed to the ticketing office and with our rail passes we qualified for the 241 offer and got it half price so for the two of us it was 21.40, awesome deal. Didn't have to wait in line as we got there right as it opened so it was perfect. Read on trip advisor that the best thing to do is to head for the crown of jewels first as it gets really busy, great advice as when we finished it was getting quite squishy. Wow, this was beyond what I was expecting, I think I had just envisioned a crown and some jewels but this was so much more, you saw all the baptism bowels the royals used, all their kitchen wear used for coronation, swords and malices used for parliament as so I have learned dukes cant enter without having one present, they are massive gold staff rings which were originally used as weapons. The exhibit also including jewels, broaches and crowns from various royalty. But my favorite was the last piece, queen Victorias crown that she wears for parliament all the time, the gorgeous purple jeweled one, amazing, she had actually only just worn it last week as most of the pieces in the exhibit are still being regularly used, we were lucky to have seen it all. After that spent the next hour exploring the yards, going up various towers and soaking it all in. The buildings are truly amazing. The place is also crawling with ravens which are massive and extremely smart, they live here and always have and it is legend that they will also remain here unless the royal monarch falls. Pretty crazy. Actually had a funny experience with one of the guards who nicknamed me raven because of my blue black hair, he was quite funny and we all had a good laugh while trying to attempt a photo.
We finished the tower and exited out the river side and right in front of us in all it's glory was tower bridge. This has to be the most prettiest and awesome bridge I have seen, no offense intended but it shits all over Sydney harbor bridge. I fell in love with it and after several photos went to de freeze our frozen bones in a near by Starbucks. 2.90 got me a large chai latte. Yummy. After the coffee break decided to actually go up the tower bridge and look at the exhibit, thought while we were here why not. Cost us 8 pound each and we spent probably 45min going up into the tower and walking above and over to the next one learning about how it was built, nothing too exciting but it was nice to just get out of the cold for a bit lol. After that decided to catch the train to ST pauls and find Lunch there before visiting the cathedral. While getting out of the station and trying to look for a bathroom, which is actually quite difficult most times, we stumbled across this amazing Asian inspired healthy cafe called ITSU, had this yummy Asian tuna ginger amazing salad and a white chocolate and caramel dessert, was amazing, yum, another chain of stores I want cairns to have. Finished lunch and walked over to ST pauls.
Wow this building is gorgeous as most cathedrals tend to be, if anyone doesn't know this is the place princess Diana and prince charles got married and this is where all the royal babies get baptized, a lot of history is within these walls. Reached the counter and realized I had lost my rail pass and we didn't qualify for the 241 offer, was really pissed of with myself, someone either pickpocket it or it fell out my pants while using the bathroom. Rookie traveller mistake no. 3 do not put important shit in your pockets. Oh well, no point crying over spilt milk so paid the full price of 18 pounds and headed on in. It was so beautiful, I wish I could have taken photos to show you all but no flash photography was allowed although I sore plenty of people disobeying, gave a few dirty looks to make them feel guilty lol. We walked around and explored the area using the free quido guide which was great and then Walked the 247 steps up into the whispering gallery. They call it the whispering gallery because one person can stand on one side of the dome and so when someone else is on the other end they can hearneach other even if whispering because it travels the sound so good. Walked down and explored the crypt which had many war memorials to fallen soldiers. It's now 3pm, I had been hobbling around all day like an 80 year old lady thanks to my foot and it was feeling really sore, jenny was tired so decided to head back to the hotel, have a beer and relax and get ready for our broadway show in west end which was booked for 7pm. Caught the tube, picked up a beer from tosco and headed home.
Had a relax and got ourselves ready for the show, it was playing at the Garrick theatre in soho and decided to head in a little early to hit up the pub before the show. After initially walking down the wrong street thanks to my crappy map readng skills, found the theater, picked up the tickets and went to the bar. Had ourselves a jug of prims and finished it just in time. Another beer at the show and we were seated. The theater was small and gorgeous, very intimate and perfect, was loving it before it even started lol. We went and saw "rock of ages" and I can't praise it enough, it was the best sow I have seen, I am so so so so glad we saw it, me and jenny had a blast singing along to all the songs and laughing until our bellies hurt. After the show we were quite hungry and needed to refuel on more beer so went to this amazing American dinner style place and had the best burger I have ever had. It was a chillie cheese burger with pickles, im Sorry grilled but you just got beaten. Was super hot but awesome. Finished up here and decided to head home as it was after midnight and the tube would stop running soon so got one for the road and left
Arrived home about 1:30pm, feet were sore, slightly pissed and still high from the great day we had. A little sad tomorrow is our last day but excited for Paris.
Love cara xoxo