I was in London for a short time and I had very little time to explore London city 😦 I know…London is not to be explored in a day but still I decided to take up the challenge of checking out most of London City in one day. I did not enter any of the tourist spots, I walked through them all creating a lovely photo-book which I am glad to share with you all.
I did not do this alone, I had Google maps to guide me through the streets and my fellow explorer sister who tagged along with her husband to give me a taste of London in a day 😀
This is how we started!!
Sherlock Holmes Museum
Our first halt for the day was Baker Street Station from where we walked for around 5 mins to reach 221 B Baker Street, the home to Mr. Holmes and Dr. Watson.
221B Baker Street is now home to the Sherlock Holmes Museum. The first floor of the house is maintained in exactly the same manner as kept by Mrs. Hudson in Victorian Times.
The museum is open everyday from 9:30 am to 6pm and the tickets are priced at £15 for adults and £10 for children (under 16yrs)
Next to the Museum is their Museum Shop and a delightful little Hudson’s Old English Restaurant. We decided to give the museum a miss because there was a huge queue waiting to get in ahead of us, they were letting in only a limited number of people and we had a long day ahead. We did visit the gift shop though to purchase a couple of Sherlock Holmes memorabilia.
The London Eye is one of the most popular tourist destinations in London City. Located at the banks of Thames river, the London Eye gives a panoramic view of the city as it gradually rises up.
The Westminster Abbey
Cross the river from London Eye and walk for around 10 minutes to reach the Westminster Abbey. This Gothic Abbey is the most one of the notable religious building in London. It is the traditional place of coronation and royal weddings for the British monarchs. We walked through the Abbey observing the architecture and got on our way to the Buckingham Palace.
The Buckingham Palace
I would suggest that instead of walking from the main street to the palace, take the road that goes through St. James Park and comes out directly near Victoria Memorial in front of the Palace.
This walk is much more pleasant the park is beautiful and a perfect spot for a small break!!
The Admiralty Arch
Usually the entrance to the Buckingham Palace is through an Edwardian structure called Admiralty Archway where you enter on the road called The Mall. The Mall is a road bordered by trees, used as a ceremonial route leading from Trafalgar Square to the Palace.
Since we visited the Palace from St. James Park, which is actually the exit road, we walked through the Mall and the Admiralty Arch on our way out.
The Trafalgar Square
A historic public square in London commemorating the Battle of Trafalgar is a perfect spot for your evening.
We walked from Trafalgar Square to Covent Garden which is a popular shopping place. The evening was setting in and there were a number of street artists around Covent Garden bringing the crowd together. We did quite a bit of shopping here before moving to Charring Cross station to end our day at Euston Station.
This is just a small glimpse into the time I spent in London, I will also be sharing with you more such pictures and off course details on what I ate!! If there is anything in particular you want to read about, do let me know!!