Last weekend Neil and I spent three nights in London. We left Kidderminster on Friday morning for our journey to London. I am not the best traveller and had lots of anxieties about the train journey and using the underground whilst in London. For me the worst part is not being able to get off the train if I want to. We arrived in Marylebone in the afternoon and then went and bought our Oyster Cards and topped them up. For all the travelling we did it was well worth it. We then got the tube across to our hotel at Putney Bridge. We stayed at the Premier Inn just at the end of the bridge. The hotel room was lovely. I was a bit disappointed I didn't have a river view but still the room was nice and clean, the shower was good and it wasn't too noisy around the hotel. I think it helped that the bridge was closed to traffic for repairs so we didn't have lots of traffic going by. The bridge was open to pedestrians though which was fab. Our reason for choosing Putney was that it wasn't right in the centre of London but was only a 20 minute ride on the tube and on the Saturday we needed to be in Hammersmith for the Jules Hudson Fans meet up. We both loved the area and have decided that if we go back to London again we will definitely stay in the same hotel again.
Putney is a lovely area and on our first night we walked up the high street and had a look around some of the local shops and went to a restaurant called The Rocket overlooking the river and the bridge. It was great to watch the boats go by and just relax. The food was great too.
|Me enjoying a pudding in The Rocket|
On Saturday we went to the Jules Hudson Fans meet up which was absolutely amazing (blog post here). In the evening we went back to Putney to The Rocket for another meal.
Sunday was our main day for visiting some of the sights of London. Before we went to London I knew I definitely wanted to go and see the poppies at The Tower Of London. There are 888.246 ceramic poppies in the moat at the Tower. Each one represents a British military fatality during World War I. When we got there it was absolutely packed with people (as to be expected) but we quickly managed to get to good viewing points to see them. Such a gorgeous sight and a great way to remember the people who fought and lost their lives for us in the war.
Here are some of my pictures (note: you can click on the pictures to see the bigger version):
Then we went off to Forbidden Planet in Tottenham Court Road. I was looking to buy the Lumière pop vinyl figure but they didn't have any in so Neil bought me a Gizmo pop vinyl from The Gremlins and a Snarf from Thundercats. They are so cute.
We then decided it would be nice to visit Buckingham Palace. I love our Royal family. I know some people don't but each to their own. I think the Royal family bring in a lot of tourists to our country and I wasn't wrong as it was very busy near the palace. We walked through Green Park to the palace which was lovely. I think the last time I visited Buckingham Palace was when I was a child so it was great to visit again.
|Me in front of the palace|
|Neil and I in front of the palace gates|
Afterwards we took a walk through St James's Park. There were so many amazing different birds around the lake. We spent quite a bit of time walking through the park and around the lake.
A lot of people recommended for me to go on the London eye. Again I was a little nervous that I would feel claustrophobic in there and you can't get off if you want. I am not scared of heights. I decided to go for it though and I am so glad I did. We probably went on it at the wrong time of the day as the sun was going down so the lighting wasn't great on some pictures but I still had an amazing time. I didn't feel ill at all on there. I enjoyed looking at all the different views of London and the river Thames. If you ever go to London I would definitely recommend it.
After our flight we decided it was time to head back home. As the evening was drawing in. I took my 3DS with me and we worked out from the steps we had done that we had walked over 6 miles that day. It was so nice to go and see some of the sights.
I took this picture which I really like of the sun setting behind Big Ben.
On the Monday we went to see Phillip Schofield outside the ITV Studios. Then we headed back home. Overall it was one of the best weekends I have had in a long time.
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