For me, probably the most beautiful and interesting city in Europe. It has an amazing atmosphere, clean everywhere, even in the subway, which is not crowded like a Parisian. Beautiful parks with lots of animals, historical monuments, modern attractions, street artists, many museums as well as all the toilet for free. Even everywhere speak English, which surprised me :)


To London is possible to fly from Bratislava by Ryanair to the airports Luton or Stansted. Both are about the same – approx. 60 miles from London, so it is necessary to count with the additional travel costs  from the airport to London. We landed at Stansted airport and for transport to Victoria Station we chose a National Express bus. Return ticket cost £ 17. At the airport there are several carriers, so you have a choice and you can also travel by train but the price is almost double.





We had booked in advance the accommodation in the hotel Cherry Court, 2 minutes walk from the Victoria Station. The location was excellent because immediately after arriving to London we were accommodated and we could start to exploring London. The room  was small, but clean. Toilet and shower were in the room, like satellite TV, kettle, tea bags, coffee and sugar which was an advantage. Every morning there was in the room the basket with fruit, juice and cereal bars. For negative I have to mention poorly running water  and also incomprehensible 5% surcharge for credit card payment in the final billing. Certainly in London can be found even cheaper accommodation, but we were willing to pay for the  great location and cleanliness £ 65 per night per room.




Because we did not buy day ticket Travel Card (£ 7 for subway, bus) for the first day, we had selected the places reachable on foot from our hotel.




Through  Victoria Street we passed along the Westminster Cathedral (the largest Catholic church in London).





We continued to Westminster Abbey  The temple was from outside really wonderful, we hesitated whether to stay in queue to and pay £ 17 for entry. There was writtien that the Saturday morning there is a free access to some Holy Communion, so we decided to go back on Saturday morning and to see the interior of the temple. The next day, however, to the abbey was allowed only people who went to confession. 




What unpleasantly surprised me a little, but it applies just as well as Paris, was the traffic around the city's most famous places.  Such a difference in comparison with Prague where you can go by walk from Wenceslas Square to Old Town Square and from there across the Charles Bridge and the Prague Castle. One day I will be mayor of London, and I will deny the  traffic in the city center: o)


Behind Westminster Abbey there is another important building - the Palace of Westminster, ie Parliament. Beautiful building on the banks of the Thames with known bell tower of Big Ben is one of the most famous symbol of London. We admired it only from the outside, as it was already late afternoon and entry was not possible. I regretted it a bit, because I somewhere read that the bell Big Ben, you can see even free. Probably the most beautiful views of Parliament are offered from nearby Westminster Bridge and from the opposite shore. We did some pictures and I planed to come back for evening photos.




The London Eye

The London Eye is a kind of Eiffel Tower of London. It was opened on the occasion of New Year 2000. It consists of several cabins (I think 32) into which fits over 25 people. For half an hour once rotated about its axis and for this experience you will pay approximately 19 pounds. We purchased a package Eye + Madame Tussauds in advance via the Internet and saved, as compared with the official price list 30%. Before boarding to London Eye there was a control of baggage. One guard was not willing to let me inside the cabine with my small plastic  Gorrila flexible tripod but hisr black colleaque who probably know this tripod let us go inside. The view from Eye is very nice, especially the Parliament, Buckingham Palace, but the better view was other day from the Monument or from the  dome of St. Paul's Cathedral. Other problem is that you are "outside the window". We noted that the Eiffel Tower was certainly a bigger adrenaline. A part of our ticket was also the entrance to the  4d projection. I was wondering what has just may be the "fourth dimension". The performance lasted only 10 minutes, but it was great. In addition to traditional 3D observed through the glasses we felt also smelle, it rained on us, blowing wind .... really cool experience.

 






Through Westminster Bridge we returned to the central London andthroug the major government street Whitehall we took away to the most famous London address 10 Downing Street, the seat of the prime minister. The street was barred as a result of an assassination attempt some years ago, so we can at least look the prime minister security.

 



We felt a real London rain or drizzle but  fortunately only once of our stay, although the showers predicted by TV. Not far from the Prime Minister office there is the castle with a large area of the Horse Guard Parade. We took a picture with the guard, we visited the area where the Exchange of horse guard takes place every morning. There were built stands for the forthcoming Olympics (beach volleyball was planned there). From there was only a short walk to the London's most famous Trafalgar Square, which disappointed me a little bit. Statue of Admiral Nelson on a high pedestal and four lions standing there as I expected. In addition, however, nothing interesting. No life, street performers, nothing what I would expect from Trafalgar square. So I scrambled to  one of the lions and asked my wife to capture a photo  It was not easy I have to say.







Through a representative street The Mall, we went towards Buckingham Palace. It was already evening so we guessed which the building will be Clarence House - the residence of Prince Charles and his wife Camilla. We found it by the stands for the guard, and a few curious tourists who were excited when they saw a car which just came to the courtyard Clarence House.

Prior to Buckingham Palace was a really night life .... several people built teh road,  the stands for the Olympics. It was not very good for our photos, but..... Finaly about ten o clock we went very tired  to the hotel and slept immediately. 





2nd day

 The original plan to visit  Greenwich by boat we cahnged and travelled by underground towards Tower. London underground is specific in that direction is not known by the last stop as in Prague, but a world apart. So always be aware of is whether you want to go to the platform Westbound, Eastbound etc. I asked for direction to Tower and the railman sent us exactly the opposite direction - perhaps an English joke. So we spent some waste time and finally got to the Tower of London. Admission was indeed only  £ 20 per person ..... We decided to rather to walk around Tower Bridge, which was for me a symbol of London. It is incredible that already in 1870 people develped a mechanism that could tilted bridge in order to let the ship sail under it.













We watched both the waterfront near the bridge i.e. St.Katherin's an Butler's Dock Wharf and found a suitable place where I planned to go back because of the shooting evening Tower Bridge. By nice walk through the waterfront and London Bridge we were in the city of skyscrapers. We climbed over 300 steps to the prospect of The Monument. Admission was not high and the view was really worth. Only a steel mesh  that prevented suiciders to jump down was a little bit problem to take a good photos.




From the skyscrapers around us very interesting was a cucumber that we had a chance to study also more close (see my HDR photos bellow) and then a brand new Shard skyscraper on the other side of the river, which was not finished yet. With a height of 310 m will become the tallest building in the EU. But now under construction there are the buildings which will be even taller (f.e. the new building in Le Defence district in Paris).







The fact that we had a day ticket today we went a lot of kilometers on foot. But it was a really big problem to understand the bus traffic. We tried to use one bus but it drove in the opposite direction than we planned, so we better passed a few streets to the Royal Exchange and the Bank of England on foot. Buildings that were majestic but this quarter wasduring the weekend quite depopulated.





Classically on foot we went to St. Paul Cathedral. It was beautiful, only pity that there was a ban of taking pictures. Admission was £ 15 I think, but it was worth it, as well as a view of the dome. We made more than 259 stairs to reach the dome. The dome of the cathedral is so important building that is mandated by law to all the surrounding buildings have to be  lower not to interfere the view to the cathedral. It was held there also the wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles.

























From the dome we saw a pedestrian street leading to the Millennium Bridge. This pedestrian bridge opened on the threshold of the millennium and the next day they had to close it for several months because a lot of people caused a problem with the static. The bridge offering  the beautiful views of the cathedral. On the other side of the bridge near the Gallery of Modern Art Modern Tata there were a lot of people. We did go inside to the gallery, but we adimred pieces of street artists and we are transported to the Covent Garden Market. There's literally lived by street artists, as well marketeer offering all kind of souvenirs.










We enjoyed the ride of double decker and from the floor we watched the traffic on Oxford Street.



We got off at Marble Arch (former gallows, where 24 convicts were daily executed) and we continued to Hyde Park. It was pretty cold and around the famous Speaker Corner was nobody  who would like to speak.







The evening time was close, so we returned by underground to the London Eye. Views of highlighted Eye, Parliament, Big Ben was definitely worth it.









I do not know whether it was a good idea, but we returned also to the city,  we passed Chinatown, looking at the flood of different individuals the famous Soho and Piccadilly Circus. A busy square with a statue of Amor was not very nice. Probably would have been more meaningful life to feed cows than to live here ....




3rd day

The third - Sunday day was marked by changing of the guard, parks, castles and museums. We started it by walk through Green Park to St. James's Palace, which is still the official residence of the royal family and a place which is mainly used by Prince Charles and Camilla from the nearby Clarence House for the parties.










Then our steps led through the beautiful St.James Park on Horse Guards Parade where was at 10:00 the exchange of the horse guards. Sunday is a perfect day when is possible to catch not only  that exchange but also the changing of the guards in front of Buckingham Palace scheduled for 11:30 am. Both parades were beautiful, but time consuming. Now I understand what does it means when someone "makes the ceremony." Buckingham Exchange was followed by hundreds of curious tourists. It lasted min. one hour. Sometimes a commander barked something, then someone transferred from one side to the other and so again and again. More simply would be  asi whether Betty slept well and whether nothing special has not happened during the night: o)




















The shopping centrum Harrods

 One of the most luxurious stores in the world with 330 stores and more than one million square meters shopping area, over 5000 employees.




Natural History Museum

 Natural History Museum is one of the most famous museums in the world. It contains about 70 million articles. It is known by the collection of dinosaur skeletons. A significant dominant at the entrance to the museum i the Skeleton of dipolodok. Admission is free as well as in other major London museums and also taking photos is  free. Museums in London are financed from revenues from gambling. 










Royal Albert Hall


 The prominent building with an oval floor plan and a large glass dome, which devoted to the memory of Queen Victoria husband Albert. It was opened in 1871. There are 7,000 seats inside. In 1977 the hall was held final concert of ABBA. Behind the hall in Kensington Gardens, is a memorial devoted to Prince Albert. 






Kensington Palace


Kensington Palace is located in the big Kensington Gardens. It's a royal residence. Years ago, it was the seat of Princess Diana. NOw it is home for Princess Kate and Prince William. Kate is satisfied with the  palace surrounded by beautiful gardens and servants. Perhaps a little idyll with William will last as long as possible.

 





Again in the centrum of London








Favourite night photos














4th day

Wax museum


Madame Tussauds as a young girl learned from her employer Philip Curtis how to work with wax and make masks. During the French Revolution produced masks of executed aristocrats. After the death of Curtis in 1802 moved his waxwork exhibition in England.


Wax Museum definitely has to be added to the agenda during a visit of London. Besides the figurines is very interesting also other programm, 3D cinema, underground train ride where in a few minutes run over the whole history of England.












That is the end. I hope I have inspired you. If you liked the story of  my trip to London, please click the LIKE right up in the beginning of the article.

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