I had a limited amount of time in London, and knew I couldn’t do everything. But I made it a point to see as many of the “must see” tourist sights as I could. Today, my main stops were the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, and the Millennium Bridge, followed up by a show in London’s West End.
The door to my hostel, located right across from the British Museum. That’s one of the things I love about hostels–They often in the heart of the city. It was really fun staying in such a traditionally “London” house as well.
A normal street scene in London, with double-decker buses, bicyclists, sidewalks full of pedestrians, and an Underground station in the background.
Escalators heading into the London Underground.
Bicycle police in front of Buckingham Palace, handling the huge crowd for the Changing of the Guard.
A band marches by as part of the ceremony.
Selfie in front of the palace, of course.
Another band leaves the gates.
Another street scene. I think this was in Soho, near Chinatown.
A famous “Look Left” warning. These are found at many crosswalks in the touristy areas of London. They’re useful too.
Military helicopters fly over the Tower of London, with the Shard in the background.
Tower of London, behind its many walls of protection.
The Tower Bridge. It was even more beautiful in-person, and bigger than you’d think.
Looking back towards the City of London.
Two guys were practicing football in the grass that surrounds the Tower of London. I have no idea who they were, or why they were practicing there. But few other people seemed to notice or care.
Another photo of the Shard, which is currently the tallest building in the European Union.
St. Paul’s Cathedral, seen from behind.
The steps of St. Paul’s, with its main entrance in the background. It’s hard to tell, but the building itself is absolutely huge. I didn’t go inside, the entrance fee was the equivalent of roughly $27 US dollars.
The Millennium Bridge, a pedestrian bridge that connects the area near St. Paul’s with the area near the Tate Modern museum.
Ticket to my first West End show! I saw the new revival of Miss Saigon, and it was absolutely phenomenal.