So were back in London – and this time we’re doing the tourist thing. We went and got the London Passes – which if your going to use them are great value. £100 (just under) for a 6 day pass but that gets you entry into a lot of the sights. You get up to £540 pounds worth of admissions that includes the major sights like Westminster abbey and London tower, galleries and exhibitions, walking tours, tours around football stadiums/theatres etc. and even a free movie ticket. Touristy as hell, but we may as well just do it all now and then it’s done and you save some money cramming it into the 6 days with the pass.
We started off with the ‘royal walk’ – went into Westminster and as much as we hate tours we got free audio guides and they were really interesting. It makes the touristy thing a bit better because you get more that ‘yup cool, seen it’. I was just excited about test running the aisle for when Harry decided to marry me (the real one – not from that stupid television show). But it was cool though.
Then a short walk up to Buckingham palace – slightly underwhelming although we haven’t seen the changing of the guard yet – before searching for Clarence House (we failed) and setting off. There’s other touristy thing I’m the royal circuit to see but we didn’t both – those are the big ones.
That evening we went to see Wicked in West End. Absolutely brilliant. Much higher standard than what you get back in Australia and tickets are dirt cheap – premium full price is about £50-70 but we got a ticket for less than £20. Up the back, but who cares for that price. And there is so much theatre – like upwards of 10 massive productions running. It’s nuts.
Today we went to the Tower of London – absolutely massive and again if you get the audio guide it really does make it interesting. Got a bit bored with the exhibits but hearing about it all was great. London Tower is a proper medieval castle – the way you think castles should be – and history to match. They run free guided tours there as well, or you can just take yourself around. We spent like three hours there. Of course, the Crown Jewels were a sight!
We also checked out the exhibit at tower bridge which was a bit of a waste of time – free with the London pass but meh.
Then a river cruise along the Thames which was cool – going past all the big sights – back to Westminster for the London Eye.
A ticket is about 20£ and it was cool – brilliant way to see London skyline – but you line up for ages, are ushered on like dogs, everyone is crowding around the windows (which are dirty so you can’t even get a good picture) and then they say half an hour (I think heaps less) later your ushered off again like cattle and good to go. Considering we payed the same price for wicked…it seems silly. It was a beautiful way to see London though.
Heaps more still to do – But we still got 4 more days to do it!