Study Abroad Series: Travel within London + Photos

Hey guys! I’m sharing some photos I took of my travels within London while I was abroad. Tomorrow, I’ll have some out-of-London photos. Anyway, without further ado:

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This is Big Ben, naturally. I went on a tour of the Houses of Parliament (which are attached to Big Ben), and I really recommend it. It was really cool to see where MPs meet! You don’t have to be interested in government or politics to really enjoy it. πŸ˜€ Highly recommend.

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So this is a display of the Roman Amphitheatre. London used to be a Roman city called Londinium, and this is one of the remaining artifacts. The display is really cool, but to be honest, I was not that impressed. It is cool to see such old remains, but I am not that interested in history stuff to be honest. However, if you have the time and want to see something unique, this could be a cool stop on your journey.

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Ahh Tower Bridge. It’s probably the most photographed bridge in the world (I actually just made that up, but I would assume that it is) . This photo was taken from the Monument near Monument tube station. The monument is meant to represent the Great Fire of 1666 that destroyed the majority of the city. You can climb all the way to the top (20 stories maybe). The views are absolutely gorgeous, unless you are scared of heights. I believe the cost is around three pounds, and I would say it is worth it, especially if you get the chance to go on a sunny day. The photos and views would be even more amazing.

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So this is St. Paul’s Cathedral. I went to Sunday mattins there. Now, I should say that I’m not Anglican, but I wanted to see how the English church differed from other Protestant denominations. It is a lot different. I would say that Anglicanism is a lot more traditional. It isn’t my cup of tea, but it definitely wasn’t a bad service. It didn’t cost anything to go to, and I would highly recommend going to a service (unless you think it is wrong to go to service in a different denomination (or religion altogether)). Afterward, my friend and I hung out in the garden behind the cathedral. It was SO pretty! I can imagine how beautiful it would look in the spring.

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I absolutely LOVED Trafalgar Square. I don’t know why, but I just fell in love with the big, open area. There are lots of cool statues, and even though I don’t know what the majority of them are for, it is quite. Also, if you are looking to see some of London’s iconic street performers, this would be the place. There was a bagpipe player, a floating Yoda, and a guy dressed as a statue. SO cool.

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I wish I could say that I was a good English major and went to a show at the Globe theatre. I wanted to go see A Midsummer’s Night Dream but it was sold out, so I wasn’t able to. 😦 I did go see the theatre though. That counts, right?

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Shopping on Oxford Street (top) and Regent Street (bottom) are absolute necessities. I loved the Primark on Oxford Street/Tottenham Court Road! I got so much nice stuff that I wear all the time. πŸ™‚

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Speaking of shopping, Leadenhall Market is a really cool site. There are regular shops but also street vendors. Plus the details of this place are so impressive!!

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Buckingham Palace is another must visit! I went to the changing of the guard and it was so cool! The band was weird though. They chose to play the James Bond theme… Whatever. It was really cool to see this awesome tradition in action!! You must do this. It is super crowded and a little stressful but it is worth it.

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Ah the theatre! I love going to see shows! I saw so many including Mojo starring Rupert Grint, Brendan Coyle, and Ben Whishaw. I also saw Much Ado About Nothing (starring James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave), Drowned Man by Punchdrunk, Henry V with Jude Law, Tale of Two Cities, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night (in the theatre whose ceiling collapsed like a week later!) and more. I highly recommend going to at least one west end show. They are worth the price no doubt!!

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I love this building! It’s the Royal Courts of Justice on Fleet Street (beware of barbers)! So pretty!

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Lastly, Chinatown. It doesn’t smell the best but there are some pretty sweet markets an restaurants. Also, the decor is amazing!!! Especially at night!

So there you go. I hope you enjoyed looking at some on my photos. I have some more coming tomorrow but they will be photos of outside of London. Let me know of you have any questions. I’ll be happy to answer! πŸ™‚

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2 Responses to Study Abroad Series: Travel within London + Photos

  1. Thank you for posting this! I’m so envious of your journey! Big Ben, the Tower Bridge, the Globe Theatre…. it all sounds wonderful! I can’t wait to see your next post!
    – Michelle

    • Sara says:

      I’m so glad you liked it! It really was the best experience ever. I’ve been toying with the idea of moving there after graduation. πŸ™‚ Don’t tell my parents that! πŸ˜›

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