This is really delayed, but Steve was a great tour guide that kept us really busy in London, and we didn’t have free wifi. So here is the update of what we’ve done since the night of July 14! Enjoy!
Anna, Steve, and I at the Harry Potter 7 Part 2 opening night!
July 14, 2011 we went to Harry Potter at midnight. We saw a double feature, so we got to the theatre around 9:30 (after an obligatory McDonald’s dinner-we’re aiming to go to one in every country) and were there until 2:30ish. It was awesome. On the way to the theatre, we started going into what we thought was McDonald’s, but ended up being McDonald’s headquarters in East Finchley. The security guy gave us a funny look and we realized we weren’t allowed in there. Anyways, after the movie we got back to the hostel around 3:30, after only minor struggles trying to find a cab back from the suburbs. We went to bed and woke up early to check out of our first hostel and move to the second one. The first was basically in the suburbs, and the second was in Piccadilly Square, so we were excited for the better location after spending so much time on the Tube.
July 15, 2011 we moved to Piccadilly Backpackers. Steve, Anna and I spent the day wandering the city. We were going to climb St. Paul’s Cathedral to see the view from the top, but Anna had some sort of allergy/pink eye/contact problem and we ended up deciding against it to find some allergy medicine and eye drops. It took us about an hour to do that, so we went back to the hostel and relaxed for a little before Tim and Quill arrived. We had dinner with a couple girls from UD who went to London with Steve when he studied abroad here. It was really fun and good to see more UD people. Tim and Quill got to the Piccadilly station around 11:30 p.m. and all of us but Anna went to a bar near by. It was a really cool pub that reminded us of Tim’s, but a little classier. We headed back to the hostel and were supposed to wake up early to do some site seeing, but ended up getting started a little later than expected.
Us in front of Buckingham Palace!
We started the day (July 16, 2011) doing all the typical touristy things in the pouring rain. We walked to Buckingham Palace and took some pictures before walking to Big Ben and Parliament and Westminster Abby. The line was really long and we decided we didn’t want to wait to go in, so we ended up going to a little church near by. It was still really pretty and good to escape the rain for a little bit.
Us (and a random photobomb) at O'Neills
After the Abby we went to St. Paul’s to do the climb to the top. It has more stairs than the Duomo, and Anna and I had to rally to make our legs feel ready to climb more after climbing so much already. By the end of climbing the Cathedral we were up to over 1000 steps. The view was amazing though and the walk was totally worth it. After that we went to have dinner with one of my family’s friends and his friends in Covent Garden. It finally stopped raining and we had a really great time. We watched a street performer after we finished dinner so that was fun, and then we headed back to the hostel to get ready to go out. We went to the same bar as the first night and Anna came out with us too!
Us (minus Tim) on the London Eye. Big Ben is kind of in the background.
Sunday we went to the London Eye in the morning. It poured again and we all were really happy when we got out of line and into the car thing. We took a lot of really cool pictures, and it was nice to see things that we’d seen from the ground in the air. It helped place things better because you kind of get twisted around when you take the Tube. We had a late lunch at The Anchor, the restaurant we went to on the first night, and headed to Kings Cross to see Platform 9 and ¾ from Harry Potter. We got to the train station and started to follow the signs leading to Platform 9. We ended up getting to a point where you had to have a ticket to get in, so Tim went to ask how to get to the platform. Turns out that Platform 9 and ¾ isn’t actually between platform 9 and 10 anymore. In fact, it’s now a plastic looking fake brick poster stuck to a tile wall at the front of the station. We were all a little disappointed, but took pictures and then went back to the hostel for another night out. Anna and I crashed from being really tired while the boys went to try to watch the Women’s World Cup final at a pub. They ended up just hanging out because the game wasn’t on anywhere, and then came back to the hostel to meet up with Anna and I. Anna took a death nap (one where you’re more exhausted than when you went to sleep) and ended up staying in. The guys and I were going to some bar called Rumba. It was a little sketchy, but we had a good time and it was a fun adventure.
Us in front of the Olympic Countdown Clock in Trafalgar Square.
Monday morning we woke up and checked out of the hostel. Then we all went to Trafalgar Square in the morning to look at the Olympic countdown clock and take some pictures. After we went to Abbey Road, which was really cool and kind of crowded. Trying to get a picture of us crossing the street was really funny since it’s an actual cross walk. We’re pretty sure people who live in the area must hate it there. We headed back to the Tube station and said goodbye to Tim and Quill before they went to the airport and Anna, Steve and I went to Harrods. We spent about 5 minutes in Harrods before realizing that everything was really expensive and getting kind of overwhelmed. We went back to a pub near the hostel and had a beer and some snack food before going to the train station.