48 Hours in London

As I had mentioned in my previous London post, the streets of London (namely Gracechurch in the financial district) are deserted in the early morning hours.

Gracechurch on a Saturday morning

Gracechurch on a Saturday morning

We were able to find a breakfast place which served this for £ 4.95 including coffee. I had forgotten how good baked beans on toast tasted.

English breakfast

English breakfast

Our next stop was the University of London (UCL), where we took a look at the various university buildings around the area. Being a nature lover, I liked the park most.

Park at UCL

Park at UCL

The British Museum is just around the corner from UCL.

British Museum

British Museum

Next, I found this mannequin to be absolutely ghastly. I was in such a shock I forgot to note down the shop’s name. Are they trying to sell anorexic fashions?

Sick mannequin in a London shop

Sick mannequin in a London shop

On a happier note – I liked the ad on this bus.

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In the evening, I dropped off my husband and daughter at the Globe Theatre to watch The Tempest in a close to three-hour performance.

Globe Theatre

Globe Theatre

I took a nice stroll across the Millennium Bridge and I had barely made it across the bridge, when it started to rain.

Millennium Bridge

Millennium Bridge

This is mid-May, but looking at the above photo, I would think this was taken somewhere in Russia in early winter.

48 Hours in London

On Friday afternoon, we arrived with Lufthansa at Heathrow Airport in London. Not that we always need a reason to go to London, but our main purpose was to attend the wedding of a former students and to show our daughter London’s famous sites, including the University of London (UCL).

From the airport, we travelled to London (zone 1) at £ 5,50 p.p.

Seen on the tube in London

Seen on the tube in London

Our hotel, Club Quarters Gracechurch (see more on TripAdvisor) was in an excellent location, in walking distance to both Bank Station and Monument Station.

On the weekend, this location is very quiet as this is the financial district and there is not much going on. There is hardly any traffic, most breakfast places are closed. Fortunately, we found one after walking around a bit on Saturday morning. The next morning, we decided to get breakfast from Sainsbury’s, a supermarket nearby (Sunday hours: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

The hotel’s amenities were very good. In the lobby, you find tea and coffee making facilities as well as cookies, dried fruit, etc. all free of charge. The staff was very helpful in trying to find us a place to have breakfast Saturday morning.

The hotel’s offer for breakfast was £ 10 p.p. and that seemed a bit steep, especially with a picky teenager in tow who will only have two slices of toast.

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

We passed the Gherkin, where we would attend the wedding on Sunday afternoon.

Tower and Gherkin

Early Friday evening, across the street at Leadenhall Market, we joined the masses of office workers for food and drink.

Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall Market

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After-work drinks at Leadenhall Market

After-work drinks at Leadenhall Market

This pretty much wrapped up our first day in London.

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