After a wonderful time in Paris (read about it here!), my Dad and I caught a train to the final destination on our European adventure: London. I’ve dreamed of visiting this city my entire life, so I was so excited to experience it for the first time.
We stayed just down the street from Buckingham Palace, so our first morning there we walked over to watch the Changing of the Guard. This ceremony takes place every other day at 11:15 AM, and signifies the official handover of responsibility for the military security of the Royal Palaces in London. It included horses, flags, and instruments, and at the end the band even played some Christmas carols for us!
Here is the beautiful Victoria Memorial in front of the palace, and as you can see, we had a perfectly blue sky and sunny day upon us!
From Buckingham Palace we hopped on one of the big “hop-on-hop-off” buses and took a ride through the city to sightsee.
Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time in London to thoroughly see everything, but one of the places we were sure to spend some time was the Tower of London, a historic castle on the north bank of the river in central London. The fortress began construction with the White Tower back in 1078, and over centuries grew to a set of buildings surrounded by defensive walls. We took the hour-long tour inside, and even saw the Crown Jewels (though they didn’t allow photos of the jewels… bummer!).
Near the Tower of London is Tower Bridge, consisting of two towers tied together by a horizontal walkway above it. Beautiful!
Our other days in London were quite rainy, so I left my camera safe and dry in the hotel room. Overall, we had a fantastic time sightseeing, Christmas shopping, and enjoying the food. We even got a hang of the tube!!
There was one last little stop on our trip just outside of London… the Harry Potter Studios Tour! I feel it deserves a dedicated post, so stay tuned for that one!
Have you read my other Eurotrip posts?
- Traveling Europe: Rome, Italy
- Traveling Europe: Venice, Italy
- Traveling Europe: Geneva, Switzerland
- Traveling Europe: Grenoble, France
- Traveling Europe: Paris, France
Have you seen my Europe video yet?