Day 33: Tube Strike Day!

Big Ben (or Elizabeth Tower)
Wellington Arch

Today the workers of London’s tube system are on strike. We decided to make the best of our situation, however, and toured London by walking and bussing around. We started the day with a visit to the gates of Buckingham palace where we watched part of the changing of the guard.

Changing of the Guard

You wouldn’t really expect it, but they put on quite a show for such a mundane daily activity. Next, we walked to Westminster bridge, where of course, we saw Big Ben (or Elizabeth tower) and the houses of Parliament. We stopped for lunch not far from there at a place called Cotto, an authentic Italian restaurant. Then it was time for another Big Bus tour where we saw the main sights of London like Nelson’s Column, Tower Bridge, and St. Paul’s cathedral.

London Eye

Right about the time we reached the Tower of London, we left the bus and took a clipper to the London Eye. We got more Italian for dinner at Strada and we were just able to make the last few capsules for the London Eye. It’s kind of a pricey ticket, but it gives you a great view of London. I recommend timing your visit for sunset so you can see the city at both day and night.

Next time, I think I’ll go to the top of The Shard and compare the view.

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