Not all my days were spent sightseeing… sometimes I had important personal appointments to attend to but when ever I get free full days I’ll try to maximize it! I can spend entire days just shopping but I’m sure you don’t want to hear about that.
A nice asian lunch again… The duck rice is addictive! When I’m all powered up… it’s time to hit the store and this time it’s for heavy duty shopping at Oxford St and Bond St… an equivalent of Singapore’s Orchard Road and Suntec. All the major department stores and numerous brands’ flagship stores can be found here. And I’m a girl on a mission!
Primark, Topshop, Schuh, House of Fraser and Zara did not let me down… but my most costly hauls’ got to be my first stop which is Chanel at Selfridges. I’m sure most of you know that Chanel is much cheaper in London then it is in Singapore. Celeste asked me to choose a nice wallet for her to replace the one that got stolen and what nicer wallet can there be but a Chanel one!
After shopping was done I headed towards the direction of River Thames. First stop is St Paul’s Cathedral. This building is the 5th St Pauls Cathedral built in the 17th Century as the previous 4 got burnt down in various ways since 675 AD.
Sir Winston Churchill had his funeral here and his body is in the crypt. Other famous personalities buried here includes Sir Alexander Fleming and Florence Nightingale! St Paul’s is also the church that Prince Charles and Lady Diana got married in.
I love the picture I took below best!
The beautiful thing about the London city landscape is that the modern architecture fuses nicely with the past. Everywhere you go you see buildings of different eras and different syles… be it gothic or neo-classical or english baroque.. it doesn’t matter they co-exist without looking out of place or out of time.
I walk past the City of London School to arrive at River Thames… the longest River in England. There are a few iconic bridges that crosses the River Thames in this area. The first I came to is the Millennium Bridge.
The millennium bridge is a steel suspension bridge completed in 2000. It’s very modern and though there have been reports of it being wobbly in the initial days of it’s opening I can assure you that you don’t feel the bridge move at all!
The Tate Modern was just around the corner but I did that museum on another day instead.
I did however pop by the Shakespeare’s Globe Theater. It would have been nice to catch a Shakespeare play here but unfortunately plays are only staged from May to October.
Quick stop for some drinks and food around the river area before moving on.
This colorful bridge my friends is the London Bridge we sang about while growing up. It’s not much like how we saw it in those children books right? It’s current design is pretty modern with nice changing lights in the evening and night.
Below the London Bridge… on the south side of the river I took this picture with the dazzling floor lights. It is the entrance to ” The London Bridge Experience”. A tourist attraction tour with a theatrical trail of the old scary London down to the tombs below the london bridge with actors reenacting the scenes of the past. I’m not really into this sort of horror entertainment so I gave it a miss.
I also got distracted and went into several places simply attracted to the architecture. Such as this beautiful church behind me that was having an evening mass.
Finally I reached the well known Tower Bridge… the prettiest bridge. Quite a number of people mistake the Tower Bridge for London Bridge.
The bridge has 2 towers which bases contains the machinery for the hydraulic system of the bridge. The bridge opens up to let huge ships through when necessary.
I wish I could have taken nicer pictures of the Tower Bridge but my hands are pretty shaky especially in the cold. The sky that evening however was a gorgeous shade of purple!
Next to the Tower Bridge is the Tower of London. It was too late to take a look see so it would have to be revisited on another day. The Tower Of London or Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress has served many purposes through the years including imprisonment of royalties, execution and torture but in recent times it is the place where the crown jewels of UK is kept. It is also supposedly one of the most haunted landmarks in London. Anne Boleyn’s ghost is reportedly seen walking around white tower carrying her head under her arms.
It was one of the more exhausting days in London for me, covering so many places in a day so I took the next day for rest and recovery =) As promised, here is a longer video for you.