London – Day 2

Somehow I managed to take an overload of pictures in our 3 days in London. We really had to book it in order to see all of the sights that we had on our list within that small window of time, and my legs/feet were really feeling it by the end of every day.

Incase you missed it, here is the recap of London – Day 1

One of the things that we planned before we left for London was to book 2 days on The Original London Tour buses.  These buses were awesome because you could get on and off whenever you felt like it, but it gave an overall tour of the city with awesome views from the upper level of a double decker bus.

When the bus pulled down Regent Street it was so cool to see all of the historic London buildings with the NFL, UK, and USA flags hanging from them.
london nfl regent street

original london tour

It did get a little chilly on the upper level of the bus though since it was not enclosed.

london

london by bus

I was happy that our bus drove past The Royal Courts of Justice.  That was one of the places we were able to cross off of our list on Friday.

royal courts of justice

We also were able to see tons of incredible architecture and buildings that have been restored and preserved.

london tours

After a few miles on the bus, we decided to hop off and do some exploring by foot (and also find somewhere to eat!).  But first we were able to see St. Paul’s Cathedral.

london street maps

st pauls cathedral

Of all the history and incredible beauty of London buildings, the churches are what really get me.  Something about an old European church; I just can’t take my eyes off of it.  I don’t know if it’s the details, the enormity, or the presence of history, but they are just so captivating.

After that we found a hidden gem pub called The Banker to get some food and beers.  It was right off the Thames River and the food was excellent.  Kris had a pulled pork sandwich and I had a cod sandwich (more fish n’ chips, of course!).

the banker london

After lunch we made our way back to the hotel and took in even more historic sites.  This is an obelisk that was brought from Alexandria.  Now I’m not a huge history buff, and I don’t pretend to know exactly what all of that means… but this thing was pretty cool.

London Egyptian obelisk

London Egyptian

We then made our way down the Victoria Embankment Gardens.  One of the buildings had a staircase that went straight into the ground because the water of the Thames River used to come up to the building until there was a man-made embankment created in this area.

london

victoria embankment gardens

Then we made our way down to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.

houses of parliamnent

big ben

london

Pictures don’t even do these buildings justice.

Then, of course, what would a trip to London be without seeing Westminster Abbey.   (Again with the European church obsession.)

westminster abbey

They must have been doing some restorations to the front (I’m not even sure if that entrance is the front, it was so huge).

westminster abbey

westminster abbey

After that we headed back to the hotel.  Kris had the opportunity to go check out the Crown Jewels with his co-workers while I went exploring on my own and had the best take-out Vietnamese of my life.  (I know you can’t really compare a private tour of the Crown Jewels and take-out… but I’m telling you, it was so good.  I almost wasn’t even upset that I couldn’t go.)

And that about wraps up Day 2 in London!  Day 3 will follow shortly.  Thanks for reading!

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