London Day 4 – Westminster to the West End

We continued our journey around London starting at Westminster Abbey then took a ferry to the lovely maritime town of Greenwich. From there, we took the rail to the Beatles store on Baker Street and continued on to the West End to see the Book of Mormon! 

Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey was probably the largest church I’ve ever seen and by far the most historic. It took me a little while to realize that the abbey is basically a giant crypt for England’s most illustrious people. There are effigies of deceased nobility everywhere and hundreds of stones on the ground that note the people buried underneath them. It was really weird to think that we were just walking over the graves of some of the greatest people in British history including Darwin. I’m not a huge fan of creepy things so I admittedly went through as fast as I could. 

The Cutty Sark
The Cutty Sark

After leaving the Abbey we took a ferry from Westminster Pier that stopped off at the Tower of London and Greenwich. Since we had already been to the Tower of London, we decided to take the boat all the way to the home of the Prime Meridian. Along the way, the captain made jokes and pointed out places of interest along the side of the river such as Ian McKellen’s house, some super expensive hotels, and a pub called the Mayflower which was actually the place from where the pilgrims set off to come to America. After landing in Greenwich, we were greeted by the Cutty Sark which was an old tea ship that used to sail around the world. 

The Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval Academy
The Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval Academy

The Old Royal Naval Academy in Greenwich has a beautiful painted hall and is free to enter. There are mirrors located along the center of the room that allow you to look up without straining your neck. There’s also papers with descriptions of who everyone is on the ceiling and on the far wall. I think the hall and the neighboring chapel are actually part of the University of Greenwich. After, we went to the covered market, got some really good teri salmon, and picnicked on the school grounds. 

The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theater
The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theater

We then took the tube up to Baker Street where there’s a Beatles shop as well as the Sherlock Holmes Museum. There was a super long line of middle schoolers in colorful jackets leading up to the museum so we didn’t have the chance go to in. After, we went to the West End which is the theater district to see The Book of Mormon. I think this was honestly the best and most ridiculous musical I’ve ever seen and it’s totally worth seeing. The theater was packed on a Wednesday evening and for good reason. 

London Day 3 – All Around Town

We got the London Pass so we decided to make the most of it and visit everything on the east side of London. We visited the Globe, hiked the Monument, saw the crown jewels at the Tower of London, went up Tower Bridge, then headed to the Transport Museum and the first Hard Rock Cafe. 

Shakespeare's Globe
Shakespeare’s Globe

We started off the morning at Shakespeare’s Globe Theater that was recently rebuilt. It was pretty cool to see a giant replica of an old style building that even had a thatched roof with sprinklers on it. There was also a exhibition inside that showed the process of making the Globe along with the costumes and set pieces the actors use.

View from The Monument
View from The Monument

After, we walked over to St. Paul’s Cathedral and then to the Monument that was created to commemorate the fire of 1666. We took the 300+ steps to the top and got a great view!

Commemorative poppies at the Tower of London
Commemorative poppies at the Tower of London

From the Monument we walked over to Tower Bridge where there is currently a display of poppies commemorating the centennial of the Great War. Inside we saw the crown jewels and other relics from medieval times. 

Scones at Patisserie Valerie
Scones at Patisserie Valerie

From the Tower of London, we took the tube to Covent Garden and went to the London Transport Museum that had a bunch of old buses and original subway cars. It was pretty neat to see how much transport around London has changed. After we went to Patisserie Valerie for scones and tea and they were the best scones I’ve had yet! 

We also went to the first Hard Rock Cafe and went down to the vault that had a collection of items from Queen, Jimi Hendrix, and the Beatles. One of the most interesting pieces was the letters signed by the four dividing their stocks after the break up.