London Day 3: St. James Park and Buckingham Palace

You can read about our first day in London here and our second day here. You can relive our Harry Potter adventure here, here, and here!

So, our third day in London began quite early than we all expected when the roommates from hell got back at about 2 a.m. from a night out. They were not quiet, as they were getting in and getting ready for bed. That part didn’t bother me as much as when one got up to start puking in the middle of the night. He ended up tripping over my bad, spilling all my stuff, and breaking the lens cap for my camera. He then proceeded to puke in the bathroom for a really long time, rather loudly (They were terrible roommates). At some point, he stopped being sick and went to bed.

We eventually woke up and got ready for the day, QUIETLY, and left to head off on another London adventure. We had a ridiculously busy day planned, so immediately after breakfast, we set off for Buckingham Palace.

I was sooo excited to see Buckingham Palace, mostly because I was hoping to get a glance of the Queen’s corgis! Just kidding (but not really!)! I love all castles and I feel that Buckingham is just so London-y that we had to go and see it for ourselves. However, because it was the Queen’s birthday that weekend, it was packed! But more on that later!

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We got off the tube in Trafalgar Square (not realizing there was a closer tube stop) and walked from there. I loved that we accidentally got to see Trafalgar Square.

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That’s Nelson’s Column!

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We set off down The Mall with the aim being finding Buckingham Palace. img_3585

They had The Mall all decorated for the Queen’s Birthday festivities!

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We ended up getting waylaid at the Horse Guards Parade! This was really cool. We got to see them all dressed up in their uniforms and on their horses! It was a very cool experience!

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That’s the Old Admiralty Building behind them!

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We then crossed the street to look at the Guard’s Memorial! It was made in memory of Guardsmen who died in World War I. img_3595

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It was a beautiful monument, and moving to look at. Since we’ve been staying in Ireland, we all feel a real affinity for the Irish, so it was nice to see them represented on the memorial.

Since we were this close to St. Jame’s Park, we decided to cut across it and head over to Buckingham Palace that way. Since it was finally getting to be spring, the Park was lovely! There were all types of flowers blooming and wildlife out!

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That’s Duck Island Cottage (and my future home!)!

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Yes, St. James Park has pelicans!

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Buckingham Palace!

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That’s the Victoria Monument

We emerged from the beautiful St. James Park to see the beautiful Buckingham Palace. The area was absolutely packed full of people. We decided this was due to it being the Queen’s Birthday! I mean, how cool for us to be there for the Queen’s birthday! It made our trip that much more special (I bought a happy birthday postcard with the Queen on it to commemorate!)!

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We decided the crowds were too crazy to attempt to get any closer, so we snapped a few pics from where we were at and called it good enough. We fought our way back out of the crowd and onto the road. We debated what to do next when we spotted the Guards Toy Soldier Centre and decided to pop in and check it out!

It was actually very cool. It was all miniatures, some set up in big displays and some out for purchasing! The owner was very cool too! He knew a lot about miniatures and was so chatty and sweet. He told us to go around behind the building because the guards would be going by soon! We had literally the best view ever thanks to him!

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We had such a good view of their ceremony! We owed the owner after that, so we all went in and bought some postcards (that’s where I got my happy birthday one!)!

Since the Guards Toy Soldier Centre was so close to Wellington Barracks and the Guards Museum, we decided to play with some of the stuff they had out front!

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I’ll leave you with that lovely image! Stay tuned for the rest of London Day 3!

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