Hello my friends,
As you may know, I took my first trip to London a couple weeks ago and I’m sure you’d like to hear more about it. I was in London for a while when I got here but Heathrow London is not London London. Airport terminals, shuttles, and train stations are very unexciting, especially when you’re alone. So this blog post will be about my trip to London.
We had to get up super early to get on the bus (without breakfast!) and then ride on the bus for a long time to get there but it was totally worth it when we finally arrived. First we got a tour of London with all the major places: Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, The London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square etc. We were just walking along, looking around and I look up and there’s Big Ben!!!
It’s hard to see in that picture but it’s one of the first pictures I took of it!! I’ve grown up seeing Big Ben on TV, in movies, and in magazines and I’m so glad that I finally got to see it in person. I just love cool old buildings.
Here’s a picture of Big Ben and the London Eye.
And the London Eye itself.
This is where the tour ended and we were sent on our own. My friends and I had already decided where we were going but we needed food first (remember, no breakfast) so I got something from Starbucks and then we went to Chinatown. We found this tiny restaurant where we had to go up tons of stairs and sit in a corner which was kind of weird and cool at the same time. I tried duck for the first time and it was very good.
Then, full of food, we went on our way.
This is where this post gets really nerdy.
We got on the tube to go to King’s Cross!! Speaking of the tube, everyone kept telling me how hard the tube is to figure out. It’s really not that hard. It actually makes a lot of sense, and it’s colo(u)r coded. So anyway, we got to our stop easily and here is the outside of the station that they used in Harry Potter!!!
Remember the car flying over this? But this isn’t the station because movie magic. Google took us to the back of King’s Cross because that’s helpful so we had to turn around and go in the front which we had walked right past. So here’s the inside.
And then we went to do what I had been waiting to do since I found out it was a thing you could do: went to Platform 9 3/4! In case you’re not a Harry Potter fan and don’t understand the significance of this, let me explain for you. Platform 9 3/4 is the platform witches and wizards use to take the train to Hogwarts every year. So many fans traveled to Kings Cross to find it that they put a sign up for it and later moved it to a place out of the way. Now there’s a place for people to stand in line, people whose job is to give you props and take pictures (my dream job), and a shop where you can buy merchandise and pictures! They actually had scarves from every house so I got to wear a Ravenclaw scarf in my picture!
This was by far my favorite part of the trip. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be here without Harry Potter so I had to do this and I’m so grateful I had people willing to go with me.
After that adventure, we got back on the tube to go to the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. The Tower of London is very cool, though not very towery, and it was fun to see even though we didn’t have time to go in.
This picture is part of the tower and the flowers are a memorial that is not finished yet. Then we went to the other side of the tower and saw the Tower Bridge.
That was all we had time for and we had to rush back to the bus because we were running late.
It was wonderful to finally see the city I’ve claimed to be my favorite in the world for so many years. I hope it’s the first of many awesome trips I’ll take. I can’t wait to return.
See you next time.