After another day of transit with another stopover in Sweden (again, don’t ask or think about it for too long), we arrived back in London. Our new accommodation was a shared townhouse a lot closer to central London. After a quiet night in watching The Only Way is Essex and Made in Chelsea – which I deemed appropriate – we headed out the next morning for some breakfast and found ourselves a nice little park to nestle in.
There were lots of people napping in this park, I assume they were on their lunch breaks?
Afterwards we walked through the city and made our way towards the Tower of London.
We arrived at the Tower at lunchtime and waited around 40 minutes for a guided tour with a Yeomen Warder (or beefeater as they are fondly known as).
Our guide was equally as hilarious as he was thorough with his walkthrough of the Tower’s history. The tour went for an hour and was included with the entrance cost, I highly recommend you do a guided tour if you go to the Tower!
I really wish I could control my laughter whenever I come across a Queen’s Guard, but I really can’t. Apologies, Britain.
We were at the Tower for a good four hours and I loved every minute of it. I am so glad I got to see it. The Crown Jewels were definitely a highlight for me.
After a brief siesta we headed out to a mexican restaurant we had passed frequently on the way to and from our accommodation. As you can see, I was very excited about mexican night.
The food was average and the cocktails were strong. Dare I say, a little too strong. Needless to say, we still had a pretty good dinner experience all up!
This imposter of a margherita was dangerous, the one behind it, even more.
The next day we left our humble townhouse bedroom and made our way to our final London accommodation, a hostel called The Clink. As we would be joining a Topdeck tour group the next day, we thought it would be easier to stay the night at the meeting spot. After dropping off our bags we decided to head over to Westminster Abbey.
This day was seriously hot for London standards and very humid. The skies were a perfect clear blue, it was beautiful.
Westminster was beautiful, and as photography was not allowed inside, it made for a truly engaged experience. I had been dreaming about visiting it for a long time so this was very memorable for me.
Afterwards we headed back to our hostel and stopped at Nando’s on the way for dinner. This Nando’s was the fanciest Nando’s I have ever been to. It was HUGE. They do not make them like that in Australia, that’s for sure! I call the above a ‘balanced’ meal. Yes, I’m aware it’s not, but for holiday standards it’s pretty good!
Our hostel room was quirky but incredibly humid due to the weather and lack of air conditioning.
This was my first hostel experience and hopefully my last. We shared with 6 other girls who, while lovely, all went to bed at varying times. This a pleasant sleep does not make. I only got about 4 hours sleep but knew it would be good practice for the tour that awaited us…