London Day 3: Big Ben and The Tower of London

You can read about the start of our third day in London, where we explore St James Park and Buckingham Palace here.

And now, I’m going to follow that with a plea: please follow this blog! It’s for a class in college and it needs more followers! Thanks ahead of time!

So, once we were done messing around at the Wellington Barracks, we hopped back on the tube and ended up at Westminster Abbey and Big Ben! Again, I feel like these are some classically British sites and was so excited to see them! We debated about getting in line to tour Westminster Abbey, but the lines were long and it was closing soon.

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So, we decided to hike over to Big Ben instead and get some pictures with it!

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Since I can’t ever take a serious picture!

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Selfie with Big Ben!

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Nailed the cliche “leaning on Big Ben” picture! 

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We crossed the Parliament Square Garden to this line of statues we saw on our way over to Big Ben. There were son many historical people lined  up in this row of statues! It was cool to see the likenesses of so many famous people!

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There was a statue for Winston Churchill

 

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And one for Abraham Lincoln!

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There was a statue of Mahatma Gandhi! I had never seen a Gandhi statue before, so it was a really cool one to see in this row of statues!

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There was also Nelson Mandela!

We then decided it was time for lunch. We found a nice little pub, The Westminster Arms, for some food and a pint or two!

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I had my first taste of fish and chips! I also had Pims for the first time while we were there! They were both delicious!

After we were done with lunch, we decided to hop the tube over to the Tower of London! I was so excited to see the Tower because so many old British monarchs had been housed before their coronations (or, you know, their deaths) in the Tower that it is just chock full of history! I was so excited to see it!

Unfortunately for us, it had started to rain! We spent the rest of the day absolutely soaked to the skin!

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That’s London Bridge in the background!

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It’s the infamous Traitor’s Gate! They used to bring the “traitors’ in through this gate! It was something I had read about and I was soooo excited to see it in person!

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The first building we went into had to do with all types of torture! It went through the history of torture in the Tower. Sometimes it got a little gruesome, but it was set up really cool!

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What was cool about this display was that they had clear etched glass with the shapes of people inside the torture devices. It was interesting to see them actually being “used.”

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This is the White Tower!

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This is the Jewel House! It’s where they keep some of the crown jewels!

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It started with a video about the monarchy and the jewels, before going down a hallway with some of the monarchs of England.

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Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take pictures of the actual crown jewels, but I can assure you that they were stunning!

We left the Jewel House and set off towards The White Tower and the old Roman Wall!

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That’s the staircase they found the two bodies under.

We then went into probably my favorite room in the White Tower. It was filled to the brim with the armor worn by actual historical people! Like I saw the armor that Henry VIII wore! How cool is that?

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How freaking cool, right?

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The next room of the White Tower was filled with all types of historical weapons and the like. Again, it was very cool to see that much history collected in one place!

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There was also this really cool dragon up there (don’t know why it was there, but that still doesn’t change the fact that it was really cool!)!

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After we left the White Tower, we climbed up into St Thomas’s Tower! It still had that medieval vibe, so I really liked it. Plus, we got to climb out onto the wall of the Tower of London, onto the battlements, and that was really cool!

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We had some good views of London Bridge on the way!

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We then moved from the bedroom area, into a beautiful little chapel! It had some really pretty stained glass!

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We left the tower, and were back out on the battlements. There was a really good view of London Bridge, so we stopped to snap some pictures!

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At this point, the Tower of London was closing, so we were shooed out by some friendly worker bees, and went on our merry way. Since we still had some daylight hours, we decided to head down to Molly Bakes for some delicious looking freakshakes!

After we found our way to Molly Bakes, we were not disappointed in the least! It was totally worth the tube ride and walk for that freakshake!

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Since the night was still young at this point, we decided to head back towards the hostel and find a place for a drink or two. Since I’m a huge Jack the Ripper nut (read about that here) I suggested the Ten Bells Pub! This is the pub all the hookers hung out in before Jack the Ripper killed them.

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I was sooo freaking excited to get a drink there! We had a few drinks before deciding we needed dinner. We found a cute little Mexican place, called Lupita, and settled down for a quick and tasty dinner!

When we finished dinner, we headed back to the hostel and all fell right into bed! Stay tuned for our forth, and final, day in London!

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