I only spent one week in London, but that was enough time to take in many of the famous sights and places that I had heard of all my life: Big Ben, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, and even seeing Cats in its original theater on Drury Lane. (1996)
A view from the tower of St. Paul’s Cathedral
Needless to say, London is full of history and the Tower of London in particular: the Tower guards, the impressive Crown Jewels (still used in ceremonies to this day!), and more. I was however disappointed by the lack of the famous ravens in the square (something Paddington Bear had primed me to very much look forward too.)
London Bridge and the Thames
Here’s Her Majesty’s Buckingham Palace right before the changing of the guard, a very long and drawn out affair.
Everything they say about the “mad” pigeons at Trafalgar Square are true—the will all run up to you at once and heaven help those who don’t have anything to feed them.
Symbols of London: the clock of Big Ben (which is technically the name of the bell in the clock) on top of the Parliament building and a London red double-decker bus
I was very excited to visit the British Museum and especially to get to see the famous Rosetta Stone
At Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum—the fifth Beatle perhaps?
A quiet and I assume typical London suburb where the friends of my grandparents lived
“Sentries” stand guard outside the Hampton Court Palace gates—the building and especially the gardens here are spectacular.