From my hostel near the British Museum, I took the tube to Harrod's (not such a long ride considering the entire black line was out of commission!) I bought a cottage pie, lamb sambousek, peanut butter cupcake, and apple/mango/orange juice from the cafeteria for lunch. There is nowhere to eat within the store, so I walked to Kensington Gardens to enjoy my lunch. I found the Albert Memorial right away and set up my picnic spot underneath a tree. I took off my shoes, snapped a few photos, and watched the kids in the park play Red Rover. I decided to walk from Kensington to the Churchill War Rooms because there were a few things I wanted to see along the way. I walked through Hyde Park and Green Park, where I saw the Canada Memorial and Canada Gate! It was totally worth the long walk :)
Next, I crossed the street and found Buckingham Palace and the Victoria Memorial. I actually got someone to take my picture! Much better than a selfie :P I continued my walk through St. James’s Park and finally reached the Churchill War Rooms! I got my student discount and a free audio guide. It was pretty small, but it really showed what Churchill’s life was like while he was retaliating against the Nazis!
Next, I found my way to Westminster Abbey (after getting turned around for a bit, naturally). I came into a square where I could see Big Ben and Parliament, the Abbey, and the London Eye! It was really spectacular :) I got another free audio guide and walked all through the abbey. Unfortunately, photography is not allowed :( It was unbelievably beautiful. It definitely looked different from all the churches I saw in Italy. There were also a ton of chapels and lots of people buried in each one! On my way out (it was closing time), I saw the tomb of the Bronte sisters! That made me really excited, considering my sister and I are named after the Bronte sisters. I also saw Rudyard Kipling, Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin… and tons more! The Queen Mum was there, of course. I wandered around the cloister after the abbey closed, then tried to find some free wifi because I had no idea how to get back to my hostel! It was a really long walk and the tube stations weren’t very convenient.
I walked around for what seemed like forever! I FINALLY found a McDonald’s in Leicester Square. I realized that I was actually pretty close to Oxford Street, and I can never say no to shopping ;) I got really turned around but I eventually made it there. There were tons of people there and the stores were expensive and overwhelmingly large. I decided to just walk back to my hostel after venturing through a few stores :P
I enjoyed some fish n chips at the Rock & Sole Plaice for dinner, which has been serving food for 141 years! The restaurant was packed and the couple in front of me got the last table, so I ended up sharing the table with them! Definitely worth the delicious food :)