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Self-guided tour to London
2010-11-02 12:35

After the publication about low-cost flight to London campaign of one airline company we decided to go and do this city on weekend. We were not interested in seeing London sights but to feel its spirit and rhythm of the ordinary city's life

It was quite easy to find a hotel with the help of  booking.com . We chose an area close to Victoria Station, which is convenient walking distance to central London. "Gatwick" airport surprised with its size, we even got scared of getting lost.  

London Gatwick airport is enormous

Gatwick airport is enormous

However, the signs at the airport were clear. We knew we need to get to London "Gatwick Express" and the obvious references led us to it.  

“Gatwick Express” will take to London Victoria Station

"Gatwick Express" will take to Victoria Station

We bought London Pass and maps in the train terminal. And only later on we perceived that this card helped us to save money buying the transport tickets and visiting famous objects of London.

After about an hour we reached the heart of London, the hotel 10 minutes away.  Hotels are very interesting - a big house, whose the separate staircase is the separate hotel. Thus, in the area the major difference among hotel rooms is quite difficult to be expected because the whole street is full of buildings of similar style and constructions. The room is quite small, but comfortable and good layout.   

After we unpacked our stuff, we went to have supper. Going towards the station we noticed that even several blocks of various cookshops are of the same principle comparing with hotels

There are many inexpensive cookshops in the area of Victoria Station. Indian restaurant in London mutton ankle

There are many inexpensive cookshops in the area of Victoria Station. Indian restaurant in London , mutton ankle

We came across to Indians, who fed us substantially and deliciously for the very nice price.

Stodge for the low-cost

Stodge for the low-cost

When London got dark, we went to River Thames, which was quite close.

River Thames at night

River Thames at night

Then we went towards Wesminster Palace, which are established just a few kilometres from hotel.

London Wesminster Palace at night

Wesminster Palace at night

London Wesminster Abbey

Wesminster Abbey

Big Ben at night

Big Ben at night

We went by Wesminster Abbey and came back to hotel passing the London streets. 

In the morning we walked slowly towards Victoria Station, which became as a guide for us, and thence went to Hyde Park.

Towards to London Hyde Park

Towards Hyde Park

Although it is already November, Hyde Park greeted us not only with various colours of tree leaves but also with wealth of colours of flowers.

Hyde Park is colourful even in November

Hyde Park is colourful even in November

Almost tent

Almost tent

It was almost empty. However, it was pleasant to walk the beautiful trails of the park or just to sit on the bench. 

It is possible to see squirrels in Hyde Park

It is possible to see squirrels in Hyde Park

Ponds of Hyde Park

Ponds of Hyde Park

Hyde Park jungle

Hyde Park jungle

When we got bored, got on the tube and went to Buckingham Palace area.

Victoria Memorial near London  Buckingham Palace

Victoria Memorial near Buckingham Palace

This is the official residence of the royal family, built in 1703 by Lord Buckingham, and still unchanged to this day. We admired the environment, by the way, we got surprised that governors of Great Britain drive cars, which would be too mean for our members of Parliament even to sit.

Buckingham Palace autopark is considerably simplier comparing with autopark of our Parliament and Government

Buckingham Palace autopark is considerably simplier comparing with autopark of our Parliament and Government

Well, juvenile complexes are hardly treated. There we got on the first occurring two-decker bus and went to the centre of the city.

The main London sights may be seen through the windows of tho-decker bus

The main London sights may be seen through the windows of tho-decker bus

We got off in the new skyscrapers area and slowly moved towards the Tower of London.

New London architecture

New London architecture

New extravagant skyscrapers are harmonized with the old buildings of London.

New skyscrapers are tried to be harmonized with the old London buildings

New skyscrapers are tried to be harmonized with the old London buildings

We were amazed by skyscrapers, but  more by people working in them. They were sitting so close each other that their elbows were likely to contact.

Every inch is used in offices

Every inch is used in offices

 

We rounded the Tower and moved towards the tube railway.

Tower of London at night

Tower of London at night

Tower of London

 Tower of London

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

After some walking we got in the bedroom area of detached houses, where walking became uncomfortable. Because we were strangers and frightened the drug dealer, we understood that we had to leave this area as soon as it was possible, so we started a quich search of the tube railway. We got on metro to Canary Wharf.

Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf

The construction of Canary Wharf business district was started in 1988. Now this district is the pride of London because the biggest companies, not only of the country but also the world, have established their offices and even 90,000 people work in Canary Wharf.  We went to one of the pubs: the weekend mood and relaxation were felt very evidently.

Next day we planed a tour to the Tower of London.

Tower of London in the daytime

Tower of London in the daytime

It is very important for England because there is saved treasure of the royal family, rich weapon collection of different periods. Additionally, there is restored the interior of the Middle Ages king room in the Tower of London.  

Weapon collection in The Tower of London

Weapon collection

Weapon exposition in the Tower of London

Weapon exposition in the Tower of London

Interior of the Tower

Interior of the Tower

History of the Tower of London commenced from the period of Romans, whose heritage, i.e. remains of buildings, may be seen  near the White Tower, built by the William the Conqueror

The White Tower of Tower of London

The White Tower

Many centuries people hid in this fortress from foreign enemies and internal riots.

Men of the Tower always protected their pride

Men of the Tower always protected their pride

From the 14th century there has been saved the royal treasure in the fortress, which is seen in exposition.  I would not advice women to see them because the blaze of huge brilliants dazzles. Tour in the Tower took about three hours. 

The famous Tower ravens – custodians of the Royal Dynasty

The famous Tower ravens - custodians of the royal dynasty

Time came to travel to hotel and airport.

 


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London Gatwick airport is enormous
London Gatwick airport is enormous
“Gatwick Express” will take to London Victoria Station
“Gatwick Express” will take to London Victoria Station
There are many inexpensive cookshops in the area of Victoria Station. Indian restaurant in London mutton ankle
There are many inexpensive cookshops in the area of Victoria Station. Indian restaurant in London mutton ankle

River Thames at night
River Thames at night
London Wesminster Palace at night
London Wesminster Palace at night
Big Ben at night
Big Ben at night

London Wesminster Abbey
London Wesminster Abbey
Towards to London Hyde Park
Towards to London Hyde Park
Hyde Park is colourful even in November
Hyde Park is colourful even in November

Almost tent
Almost tent
It is possible to see squirrels in Hyde Park
It is possible to see squirrels in Hyde Park
Ponds of Hyde Park
Ponds of Hyde Park

Hyde Park jungle
Hyde Park jungle
Victoria Memorial near London  Buckingham Palace
Victoria Memorial near London Buckingham Palace
London Buckingham Palace autopark is considerably simplier comparing with autopark of our Parliament and Government
London Buckingham Palace autopark is considerably simplier comparing with autopark of our Parliament and Government

The main London sights may be seen through the windows of tho-decker bus
The main London sights may be seen through the windows of tho-decker bus
New London architecture
New London architecture
New skyscrapers are tried to be harmonized with the old London buildings
New skyscrapers are tried to be harmonized with the old London buildings

Every inch is used in offices
Every inch is used in offices
Tower of London at night
Tower of London at night
Tower of London
Tower of London

Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf
Tower of London in the daytime
Tower of London in the daytime

Weapon collection in The Tower of London
Weapon collection in The Tower of London
Weapon exposition in the Tower of London
Weapon exposition in the Tower of London
Interior of the Tower
Interior of the Tower

The White Tower of Tower of London
The White Tower of Tower of London
Men of the Tower always protected their pride
Men of the Tower always protected their pride
The famous Tower ravens – custodians of the Royal Dynasty
The famous Tower ravens – custodians of the Royal Dynasty

Stodge for the low-cost
Stodge for the low-cost


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