Tuesday, May 10, 2011

London "Must See" Recap

There were so many things to see in London and we only had a few days so we prioritized (B: sights, me: shopping) and hit the ground running when we landed at London Heathrow Airport.

 Le Meridien in Piccadilly was our home base

Piccadilly Circus is always bustling with people and activity like NYC's Times Square

We spent a day on the Big Bus tour which was a really great way to see the city.  You get to see all the sights in London and if something interests you, you can stop off, take a look around, and then hop back on another bus running on the same line.  You're still doing a lot of walking but you also get to rest your feet for a bit and it's fun to sit on the top deck and take in the sights.

Trafalgar Square and its infamous lions

Crossing the Thames with Westminister and Big Ben in sight

The London Eye

Even though there were a ton of visitors, everything was run efficiently and we got through the line quickly.  It takes 30 minutes to complete the ride on the London Eye and the view is quite spectacular.

Our next stop: the Tower of London

B got his fix of old castles and I got my (window) shopping fix at the Jewel House where the Crown Jewels are held.  (no pictures allowed inside, sorry!)

And finally my last "must see" recommendation when in London is to take in a show on West End.  We went to the beautiful Apollo Victoria theater and saw Wicked which was really entertaining and one of my favorite musicals to date.  Tickets can be easily purchased for half price on the day of at any of the booths in the surrounding areas.

Next post: London "Must Eat" Recap

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