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Posted by on May 12, 2013 in Featured, Gardens, London, Travel | 0 comments

My Last Day in London

This will be the last in my long line of London posts!! I had a great time, and it’s been so much fun re-living it here. My last day in London, as I tell everyone, was built into our itinerary to be a random day, we wanted to relax, shop, and see anything that we had not gotten to yet. It ended up being a complete whirlwind where we walked across more of London than we had the entire trip! For those who are familiar with London– we walked from SoHo to Buckingham Palace, back to Soho, back to Buckingham Palace, through Covenant Garden, then through the whole of Hyde Park to Kensington Palace, and ended up in Notting Hill- don’t ask me how we did it. To those unfamiliar with London, just trust me when I say it was REALLY far.

We started the day watching the changing of the guard, which during the winter season takes place every other day. We started walking down the National Mall not knowing that the Calvary comes down the mall on horseback for the changing of the guard, so that was a really fun surprise! You get to walk right alongside the calvary, I love the pageantry of it all!

The crowds around Buckingham Palace already an hour before the Changing of the Guard! Madness.

 

The Changing of the Guard

We got to the Changing of the Guard around 45 minutes to an hour early. We thought that we would be there plenty early, but in reality the place was already packed. I cannot imagine what this place is like around the high season, because it was so crowded.

This halfway decent photo I took by pushing the camera through the bars in between the hoardes of people, I didn’t even really see this with my own eyes!

To be honest, I don’t see what all the fuss is about. I had more fun watching the Calvary come down the national mall. I am not usually a person to complain about places that I know are going to be crowded, but it was very crowded, you could not see much, and when you did it was just guys marching around. This is probably not the first time you will see a British soldier, they are everywhere guarding famous British landmarks, so I don’t see what the big deal is!

My love!

 

I guess the point is that we saw it! We can cross it off the ol’ list. Plus we had a little photoshoot there, which is always fun.

Next we walked from one end of Hyde Park to the other. Hyde Park is gigantic and beautiful, and though it was cold, I really enjoyed the walk.

A walk in Hyde Park!

 

The self-guided Princess Diana walking tour

On the other end of Hyde Park is Kensington Palace where Princess Diana lived with her little princes, so there are many Diana-related landmarks on the way from Buckingham Palace to Kensington Palace. There is even a self-guided walking tour you can follow that has little plaques in the ground that leads to Kensington Palace.

A look at Kensington Palace

Hyde Park was so beautiful, and we ended the day near Kensington Palace. We were advised by a friend to have high tea there, which I would have loved to have done, but unfortunately it is closed for renovations. Rumor has it that’s because Prince Will and Kate will move in there once their Royal bundle of joy is born.

I had a blast!! Thanks for reliving the trip with me!

We polished our day of walking off with some more British comfort food before heading back to the hotel. All in all, we had a great time. We did SO much in London, but those are the major sites we saw that I wanted to catalog here. Thanks for coming on this British journey with me!

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