We set our alarm for 8am and were out of the hotel by 8.30 and headed just down the road to EAT for breakfast. EAT serves a creative range a fresh food - quick and without fuss. After 20 minutes and a hearty breakfast and a cappuccino, we were ready to go. 

From the strand, we headed to Somerset House, a major cultural centre in the heart of London. Somerset House wasn’t actually on our list, however as it was on the way to the underground, we thought it was too good to miss! They have a yearly programme of events, performances, talks and exhibitions including the topics of music, film and fashion. And, if you didn’t already know, Somerset House is famous for the fantastic ice-skatingrink they have every Christmas, which is sponsored by Fortnum and Mason (more on Fortnum and Mason later!). 

We jumped in the underground at Temple, which by the way was the only public transport we took the whole day, and headed to Tower Hill. From Tower Hill, you have a fantastic view of the Tower of London below you and behind the Tower is Tower Bridge, one of London’s most famous landmarks. We didn’t actually go inside the Tower of London, as we have both been in there before, but if you haven’t been there, we can definitely recommend it. 

We walked across Tower Bridge, taking in the fantastic views along the way and went over to the south side of the Themes. We were met on the other side by the London Bridge City Christmas Market, which stretches between London Bridge and Tower Bridge. It’s a German style market selling homemade crafts and food, and also offers film screenings, live music and entertainment.

From this point on the Thames, our plan was to walk along the river towards the London Eye, taking in all the fabulous sights on the way. 

The next stop was HMS Belfast, a historic warship docked on the Thames. This was more of a flying visit, as the ship is on the route and the history is interesting. If you are really interested, there is a museum on the ship, which is open 10am-5pm every day. 

We continued further along the Thames, enjoying the walk in the warm winter sun and taking the sights in along the way. At this point, I’d like to say that seeing London on foot is really the best way to explore the city. First of all it’s good exercise, but more than that, you get to see a lot of scenery that you wouldn’t on the underground and come away with the feeling that you’ve seen so much more. 

After 20 minutes’ walk, we ended up at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. The Globe is a rebuild of the original site which stood only a few meters away. Today, the Globe is dedicated to the works of the great William Shakespeare, and even from the outside you can really sense the history this fantastic location represents. 

Our next stop was the Tate Modern, which is only a stone’s throw away from the Globe. There is no entry fee to the Tate, or any London museum, which is a fantastic initiative and makes this type of activity accessible for all. In the Tate we visited 1 of the exhibitions which was focused on people and world events, and then headed up to the roof top café where you can enjoy a fantastic view of London, with the dome of St. Pauls Cathedral right in front of you. 

From the Tate we had another 15 minute walk to the London Eye which is also located on the south side of the river. The London Eye, now the Coca Cola London Eye was originally opened in the year 2000 as part of the millennium celebrations. This area is always very full with tourists, so we ploughed on through and on to the bridge which leads to the Houses of Parliament. 
All of this and more you will be seeing in part 3 of our London adventure. 

Here you can read about part 1 of the London adventure. 


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