London, England

london-tower-bridge

This was the second half of my trip to the UK in summer 2015. After spending a few days in Edinburgh, I caught a quick flight to London. I stayed in a neat hostel called Clink78 (near King’s Cross station) that used to be a courthouse. I did a lot of walking on my first day checking out the city. I walked to Camden Town and checked out the Camden Market. It was REALLY neat – there were some really interesting stores and market booths. One of the places that stands out in my memory was a store that sold raver apparel. It had two giant chrome robot sculptures out front and lots of raver-y lights inside.

On the second day I went on a day-long rock and roll history bus tour. London may very well be the important city in rock music history, at least from what I know. Things that stand out in my memory from the rock history bus tour: we went to the Abbey Road crosswalk (and studios, but obviously didn’t go in the studio), went to the Clissold Arms pub (where The Kinks played their first gig), went through the Chelsea neighbourhood (where Jagger went to the Chelsea drug store in the song “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”), and went by Britania Studios (where Pink Floyd recorded The Wall). I definitely saw a lot of London that I wouldn’t have seen had I not taken that bus tour.

On my third (and final full) day there, I cruised around on one of those hop-on-hop-off tour buses, and saw a lot of the important London landmarks, including the Tower Bridge, the London Eye, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace (just drove by it on the bus, didn’t pop in), and the Globe Theatre. After taking photos of the Tower Bridge from the riverside, I went to board a boat to take a ride down the River Thames, using a ticket that I had received one way or another (I think I got it when I purchased my ticket for the hop-on-hop-off bus tour? Can’t remember). When I went to get on the boat, the lady who takes your boat ticket told me I needed another ticket in addition to the ticket I had to get on the boat. Oh well, didn’t get to ride the boat. But, honestly, it was the best thing that could have happened. The walk down the riverside was awesome! There was so much cool stuff: street entertainers, an outdoor book sale, the Globe Theatre, and the London Eye. It was a really great walk, and I would have just cruised past it had I got to ride the boat.

A fantastic trip, and my word, it was boiling hot in London while I was there, which I’ve heard is a rarity.