So as I mentioned in the last post, after exploring the ring of Kerry, we took a wee trip out to London. After checking into where we were staying, we jetted off to see Westminster Abbey, and spotted Big Ben on the way!
Westminster Abbey was first built in the 10th Century. It is the Abbey where the British Monarchs are coronated, and buried. This is the same church where Prince William and Kate Middleton were married. The first wedding here actually took place back in 11 Nov 1100, when King Henry I married Matilda of Scotland.
Many other famous people are also buried or memorialized inside Westminster, this includes…
- Queen Elizabeth I (along with many other former kings and queens of england)
- Charles Darwin
- George Fredrick Handel
- Geoffery Chaucer
- Charles Dickens
- Jane Austen
- Winston Churchill
- C.S. Lewis
- William Shakespeare
- Oscar Wilde
Warning – the first photo isn’t super great, and I apologise! They were taken on my cell phone while it was TORRENTIAL down pouring outside! The rest are photos I HAVE NOT taken.
As many of you know, I’m also obsessed with Harry Potter. So we went to Platform 9 3/4 and did the Harry Potter Walking Muggle Tour. In addition to showing us where parts of Harry Potter were filmed, this is also an awesome way to see London. The tour included seeing….
- The entrance to the Leaky Cauldron (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
- The wending roads of old medieval London reminiscent of Knockturn Alley
- Several locations over which Lord Voldemort’s death eaters wreak havoc (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)
- The ticket barriers Arthur Weasley struggles to go through with Harry (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)
- The bridges under and over which the members of the Order of the Phoenix fly on their broomsticks en route to Grimmauld Place (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)
- The location where the Triple Decker Knight Bus squeezes through two London buses (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
- The visitors’ entrance to the Ministry of Magic (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)
- The site where the trio infiltrate the Ministry using polyjuice potion (Deathly Hallows I)
- No. 12 Grimmauld Place
- The alleyway off Charing Cross Road that was the inspiration for Diagon Alley and a favourite of JK Rowling
I highly recommend EVERYONE i know do this tour!
Tower of London
We also went to the Tower of London where the Beefeaters do the tour. This is one of the Castle locations of the British Monarchs, first built in 1078. This is where the royal jewels are kept. The beefeaters are HILARIOUS! Again, a MUST do tour for anyone heading to London.
We also crossed over London bridge to just walk around and check out other parts of the city.
Lastly, we went to this AMAZING steak frites restaurant called Le Relais de Venise. Literally, the only thing they serve are steak and fries with an AMAZING green peppercorn sauce.
It may look gross, but it was seriously one of the BEST steaks I ever had.
So, we were only there for a weekend, but we did see quite a bit for only a few days and have time for a little relaxation. The thing about London, is it’s SOOO huge, that you can see something new each time you go.
coming up next time – Our thanksgiving trip home from 2013