02.11.2015 - 07.11.2015 10 °C
It was great to be back in London again and to show the boys the sights. For those familiar with London, we ended up staying in Willesden Green which is located on the Jubilee line – north west of London centre.
Our first stop in London was Buckingham Place via Green Park where we timed it well for the changing of the Guards. All of the streets were packed with tourists waiting to catch a glimpse, and what a spectacle it was! Two processions of guards with an orchestra provided all the traditional ceremony for such an event, we can't believe this happens every day (or every second day during Winter).
We headed through St James Park adjacent to Birdcage walk and found our way to 10 Downing Street, where we arrived within 5 minutes of the Kazakstan Prime Minister arriving. We could see a mass of reporters waiting on the inside and within 20-30 seconds the motorcade had entered the secure area – unbelievable timing.
Off we went past Parliament house and Elizabeth Tower housing Big Ben, then we finally reached Westminster Abbey.
This was on our must see list for Lachlan due to his interest in the English Kings and Queens (courtesy of Horrible Histories). Apart from many of the former Monarchs being buried here, it also has famous scientists, poets and writers and the tomb of the unknown soldier. We also enjoyed walking down the centre aisle remembering the footage of the royal wedding.
The following day was dedicated to a visit to the Tower of London. We had visited here before but we could only remember seeing the Crown Jewels. It also meant a bit more this time due to having more history knowledge under our belts. We were taken into the Chapel where we saw the graves of Lady Jane Grey and Anne Boleyn. We also went into the White Tower, refreshed our memories with the Crown Jewels and visited other displays in towers making up the inner walls of the Tower. We easily spent the full day taking in all the sights here.
Our final sightseeing day was a day trip down to Brighton and Hove. We caught a bus round to where we lived in Hove and relived a few memories. The Palmeira pub just around the corner was still there and we enjoyed walking through St Anne’s park. It was great walking down the streets and lanes in Brighton and remembering all the good times that we had here. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t the best, but despite the strong wind and periodic rain, we managed a walk on the pebbly Brighton beach. So after a stop at a couple of pubs for drinks and dinner (as an attempt to dry off), we caught a train back to London (with a bit of reluctance).
Unfortunately our time in London was cut short due to other factors, so off we headed to Heathrow for our flight out. Our destination will be subject of the next blog!