Trafalgar Square, Westminister Abbey, Houses of Parliament and Tower Bridge
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We'd just been running in and out the last 7 days that we were so used to it. Never for a minute did we even think that our holiday would one day, end. For me, I wasn't feeling too bad. After all, Dubin and Ireland next. But for mum and dad, I'm sure they were going to miss both London and me.
The day started by grabbing a muffin and coffee, and heading back to Trafalgar Square. Why? Because we liked it so much the previous evening that we we decided we wanted to see what it looks like in the morning. It was as spectacular even now. My best shot was this view of one the lions by Nelson's monument with Big Ben in the background.
From here, we caught the tube and went to Westminister Abbey. The walk from the Southwark station to the Abbey was itself a treat with majestic Big Ben.
We spent 2-3 hours here, all 3 of us loved it.
From there, we bought tickets for a Blue badge guided tour of Houses of parliament. All through the process of even JUST buying the tickets, the 3 of us were going - "can't believe we're going to THE Houses of Parliament". The place is so majestic, so old and so grand. The lady that did the tour was great. As usual my dad kept taking his own sweet pace despite the lady telling us upto 3 times that we all have to stay as a group.
The only problem I had with this area was the lack of rsnts nearby. It's bad that it had started to get sunny, now the last thing we needed was to walk and walk to find some place decent. We finally did, in the form or some italian cafe with a rude waitress. But the food was good, and cheap. That's what counts. We walked back to Southwark taking in views of the London Eye, Saatchi Gallery, over the Westminister Bridge to the other side to take pix of that Lion statue as well as Big Ben + Houses of Parliament.
Around 4pm, we went to the Tower Bridge. We'd just seen it whilst at the Tower of London, we'd gone now for a view from the other side of the Thames. My dad loved this! And the bridge also opened to allow a boat pass through, so dad was just impressed, and shot the whole thing on video as well. We went to the Tower Bridge show where they show you a movie, and then you go on top and you see landmarks along the Thames... I honestly wasn't that impressed with the Bridge. Probably cos I had no expectations to begin with? But it's just a bridge. It looks great during sunset (a picture I managed to capture too) but just a walk and a bunch of pictures are enough I feel, nothing that important to actually stay there and do.
The nicest bit was, from the Bridge we walked to this place where there were pictures along the walkway.
My GOD! We were so tired. And we couldn't believe that the trip is OVER. Or at least the London bit. We all got busy packing that we didn't notice the night go away. I booked for a cab at the reception for t'row 4am. We finished packing around midnight and slept, I'm sure we were all so tired and excited that none of us slept well.
The cab showed up prompt at 4am, we were all packed, showered and caffeine-d by then and left for LHR.
So hard to believe the London trip was over. But one thing was for sure, I'd definitely go back. There's still so much left for me to see in the city, and now that I know my way around as a backpacker, I can find enjoyable yet economic ways of taking it in.