We laughed because as soon as we crossed under the English Channel, sunny skies had turned to an overcast grey. Welcome to the UK!
We navigated the tube from the train station, and got to our hotel mid-morning so there was plenty of time for a Tube-adventure. We ended up at Kensington palace just in time for the changing of the guard, and wandered around the city in a slight drizzle. Right away I loved it. It reminded me of home, except that police had machine guns, the taxis and buses were different, the architecture was older, and there were camera’s everywhere.
Most of the people in the city were polite, and dressed in dark suits. Oddly though, we didn’t hear English all that much, but Italian! We heard Italian everywhere, along with a multitude of languages. There were a ton of tourists, so we weren’t sure who was local.
Five days really wasn’t enough to see everything. It’s a huge place but the Tube made it easy to get around. We spent one rainy day at the Museum of Natural History, and another rainy day in the British Museum. We checked out the market in Notting Hill, Westminster Abbey, saw Big Ben, the London Eye, the Tate Modern (some of those sculptures will give me nightmares), the Shard… actually what didn’t we see? As usual, we did more wandering than going into attractions and I prefer it that way.
We ended up learning the ways of the British Pub (after work, they’re packed with people having drinks before heading home). We had lunch at the Burrogh market, which um, was a bit of a hipster hangout, but OH the artisan cheeses! The food those bearded men make.
I enjoyed London, but was ready for somewhere a little more rural for a while afterwards so we hopped on a cheap flight to Ireland.
The full set of London photos is here.