All tours of Britain MUST begin or end in London. So after about ten days of showing our close friend J around Cornwall, a bit of Wales and a bit of England, we ended our trip in London.
This is T gazing at the London Eye as we waited for J at the Tattershall Castle restaurant, a lovely boat moored along the Thames. When the weather is good or during summer, I can imagine this place packed at night. It has lovely views of the Thames, Big Ben and of course the London Eye as seen above. Just make sure that you don’t get too tipsy and fall over-board – the water will be cold!
A little bit of history: It was built in 1934 and was used to ferry passengers between Hull and New Holland. According to their website, the boat was also used during the war and was the first civil vessel to carry a radar which was crucial in the foggy Humber.
By the time we’ve finished our drinks with our friend, it was lunch-time already. So we decided to head off and eat at the famous Sherlock Holmes restaurant. Yes, I am a fan.
The restaurant used to be an Inn called the Northumberland Arms and tourists visit not only because of the name, but mostly I can imagine to see the replica of Holme’s and Watson’s study in the famous Sherlock Holmes series.
The study of the famous duo: Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson
From there, we went inside the palace of Westminster. As expected, security at the House of Parliament was like airport security, but I have to commend the staff, they were all nice and friendly, nothing like the brusqueness sometimes security people are known for. They were all ever-so-helpfull, especially when T needed to have an emergency wee inside. Without any hesitation, they took T to an off-limits passageway to get to the toilets.
Take a look inside the historic Westminster Hall built during the middle ages (1097). This gothic hall has witnessed many famous coronations, and trials of Kings over hundreds of years (i.e. Charles I). The centuries old beamed roof are still very much intact. Since T was only three, she wasn’t allowed inside the House of Commons to see how the MPs do their debates, so our friend and the husband went in without us.
Diamond Jubilee Stained Glass window.
Big Ben as seen by T who was by now sitting on her dad’s shoulders.
Sight-seeing around London is not for the faint-hearted. You have to wear the right comfortable walking shoes and must also ensure that you are geared-up for rain. We didn’t have much time to go around, especially since we had a late start. Good thing J was able to do some sight-seeing on his own the day before, so we only covered what he hasn’t seen or been to yet. By the time we arrived in Buckingham palace, it was late afternoon and drizzling.
T posing infront of Buckingham Palace.
By now we were utterly exhausted and decided to ride the tube back to Leicester square. We cut across Green Park where you could see deck-chairs scattered around for weary tourists to rest on. If not for the grey clouds hovering, I would’ve loved to have taken a seat and just watched the crowd.
If you look harder, you’ll see the deck chairs I’ve mentioned above.
And all sight-seeing tours must end in a lovely nice cozy-cafe. Here’s T having her own baby-cino, (which really was just milk with froth), before we hugged our friend J goodbye and jumped on a train back to my in-laws.
It’s been a blast going on this mini-tour around bits of the UK with our dearest friend J who is really more like family to us. But it was also lovely to head back home to our little bubble by the sea.