Today was our last day in London.
Since we were out late last night at a bar having a couple beers, we decided to sleep in. I woke up with a minor hangover but it was nothing too serious that two panadols, water and some food couldn’t solve.
After we had breakfast, we took the tube to Westminster station and checked out Westminster Abbey. One of the most notable religious buildings in London, the site for Westminster Abbey has been around since the 7th Century. Not only is Westminster Abbey still used as an active place of worship, it also serves as a fascinating historical museum, as well as the final resting place of some of the most notable people in England’s history. The tombs of Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots, as well as Charles Dickens and others can be found here. Since it was a Sunday, we were unable to explore the insides since it is used for worship services.
We were also given a rare chance of seeing a group of motorcyclist ride through the streets of London. Why they were doing this, we do not know. It was exciting to hear full throttles just roaring.
After this, we walked by Big Ben to the London Eye which is basically a giant ferris wheel on the Southbank of the River Thames and picked up our tickets.
Do you know the London Eye has 32 capsules, representing the 32 boroughs of London.
It was a clear day and we could see miles of London. The London Eye rotation takes half hour, slow enough to see everything but fast enough to avoid making me bored. Prior to entering the capsule I attempted to cope out the best location for the best view. I am sure David was thinking the same thing but I ignorantly determined it to be the furthest end of the capsule and so David and I made a ran for it when the doors opened. Each one of the capsules can fit up to 25 people.
Dozens of sites can be seen from the London Eye; Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben (obvs), Hyde Park, Kingston Palace and so many more…
By the time we got off the London Eye, I was starving and so I wanted to have lunch at a pub. I refuse to leave London without going to a pub! We walked down 10 Downing Street and checked out the Horse Guards before popping into The Red Lion pub. From here, we walked through Trafalgar Square one more time towards to Piccadilly Circus.
Piccadilly Circus is a busy square in the heart of London and is the Time Square version of London. Don’t be fooled by the Circus in its name, there is no actual circus but in this context, circus refers to the fact that it used to be a complete roundabout, or circle. Like the Time Square, the most famous feature of Piccadilly Circus is its light-up advertising boards and the statue of Eros. Just so you know, it’s not actually the Greek god of love, Eros. It’s official name is the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain or otherwise known as The Angel of Christian Charity, and it was built in 1893 to commemorate philanthropist Lord Shaftesbury. I have no idea who Lord Shaftesbury is but I guessing he was a cool dude who did charity stuff. Also, heard of the Seven Noses of Soho? I haven’t. Apparently it’s rumoured that anyone who tracks down all of the sculpted hooters will have infinite wealth. And one of them is mounted to a wall somewhere in Piccadilly Circus. If only it wasn’t raining, I would have tried to sniff (get it?) it out.
Just as we got to Piccadilly Circus, it started to rain but luckily enough, we already had our umbrellas on us. We took some photos here and decided to walk up Bond St / Oxford St for some light shopping. Navigating your way through the busy pathways while keeping yourself dry from the rain is not fun.
One funny moment while we were doing our shopping, we were in a department store looking at some beautiful Tom Dixon candles, two tourists came up to us where Hamley’s was. They must’ve thought we were locals since we didn’t look anything like tourists at all.
After we were done with our shopping and drinking our Starbucks, we decided to head back to the hotel. We ordered food through Deliveroo and watched an episode of Netflix’s The Crown before packing our bags and getting a good night sleep.