European Wanderlust 2016: London (Part 2)

Dec 21, 16 at 10:39 pm

Day 2:

Still waking up at ungodly hours but that’s not the showstopper. After taking a nice, satisfying traditional English breakfast, we took the bus to visit the iconic Big Ben. The bus dropped us at Lambeth, where we took a pleasant walk towards Westminster Bridge for a closer view of Big Ben.

Day 2: Big Ben

Along River Thames


I do not know why but as the sight of Big Ben drew closer, I was a little overwhelmed. The thought of seeing one of London’s iconic landmarks never crossed my mind at all, but here I am, standing right in front of it.

Day 2: Big Ben

Day 2: Big Ben

As the crowd started to build up, we crossed the river and went opposite to catch a glimpse of another iconic landmark, The London Eye.

Day 2: London Eye

The London Eye

We walked further towards Westminster Abbey and thought of wanted to check out the beautiful gothic church but seeing the ridiculously long queue, we immediately abandoned the idea. Off we went towards Buckingham Palace but not before taking a rest at the beautiful St. James’s Park.

Day 2: St James' Park

St James’s Park

Day 2: St James' Park

Not far from St James’s Park lies the Buckingham Palace – also crowded by tourists-alike. There wasn’t any changing guards that day, so we just took some photos before wandering off to our next destination, Covent Garden.

Day 2: Buckingham Palace

The Buckingham Palace

Day 2: Green Park

Green Park

Our lunch at highly-rated Flatiron was a disappointment to be honest. Probably we went with extremely high expectations but still it was an enjoyable lunch.

We checked out the Covent Garden Market located few doors away. After almost swallowed by the ferocious crowd at Camden the day earlier, I came with the lowest possible expectations. There were a lot of people too but unlike Camden, this market is far more smaller and neatly organised.

Day 2: Covent Garden Market

Covent Garden Market

We took a stroll around “cafe-hopping” as much as we could (we only managed two cafes). Our last stop was at 26 Grains located at Neal’s Yard. It probably the most photogenic location in Covent Garden due to its vibrant surroundings.

Day 2: Neal's Yard

Neal’s Yard

Day 2: Covent Garden

Strolling along Covent Garden

We ended the night with a West End show, “The Book of Mormon”. Highly recommended show but please watch with an open mind. 🙂

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