the main castle inside the london tower
We got up and found a local organic shop to grab breakfast (we were a bit late for breakfast at the B&B), then head straight for The Generator to find out if they still had rooms for the night. We got 2 beds in the 4 bedroom dorms for 18 pounds each, things were starting to look up. We then head out to the tube to grab a train to the London
Tower. After coming above ground we saw a giant castle ahead of use and large buildings to all our sides, presumable we'd found London Tower. We walked around a bit, there was a giant sun dial, some monuments in front of the London Port Authority building, some dedicated to unknown sailors who died, and some for those that were executed on the grounds when it was used for medieval executions.
The gates to the crown jewels
We then headed towards the London Tower and jumped in with a tour given by a Yeoman Warder, the guards of the castle grounds, that took us through and explained all the history of the castle and the towers, all quite interesting. It was a bit surreal to walk around and know you were standing in the same spots that were once walked by King Henry VIII and so many other historical figures.
After leaving the London tower we walked around the financial district for a bit, took some pictures of the Tower Bridge, crossed the London Bridge, and saw The Monument, a large sculpture dedicated to the Great Fires of London.
After that we decided to adventure around the tube for a bit until it was dark, and our first stop was Waterloo. We got off here for no other reason than we'd heard its name before and thought maybe it was interesting.
In fact it was, with shops lining the Thames, and it was actually right across from the parliament buildings so we headed in that direction. Being completely unfamiliar with the area, we just kept walking around and admiring the amazing architecture, then looking for plaques to tell us what the buildings were. Some of the buildings we walked passed were the Parliament building, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, The Ministry of Defense, The Old War Cabinet, and numerous other historical and political buildings. The architecture of this area was amazing, the amount of detail and their apparent age was incredible.
We'd had quite enough walking for the day, so we head back to the hostel to rest and figure our our plans for the rest of the night.