Architecture always fascinates me. I love seeing the meticulous thought that goes into building a structure. I found an appreciation for both the modern and historical buildings mixed throughout London.
The weather ranged from 25-30 degrees Fahrenheit but felt colder just because it’s so damp! No matter how many layers I had, I was still cold. As my friend, Rachel, told me, “London has a cold that chills to the bone.”
Despite the cold, Alex and I still took complete advantage of touring the sights. Check out below what we explored!
We saw the Shard our first night in London and loved the view it offered! Come back tomorrow to see the view. What I love about the first photo below is how interesting the modern skyscraper looks towering the historical buildings below.
I love how beautiful and “Disney-like” the Tower Bridge is. When I went for my morning runs, the bridge would be covered completely with fog and mist.
The Tower of London
While Alex and I didn’t get to go inside, we were still able to appreciate the structure from the outside.
I can’t believe we almost left London without seeing Buckingham Palace! It was absolutely such a lovely sight and Alex enjoyed watching the change of guard.
Big Ben and Palace Westminster
While Big Ben was smaller than what we expected, we were still enamored by the beauty of the entire Palace of Westminster. We were even lucky enough to see it during both the day and evening.
Westminster Abbey and Sanctuary
Ever since I studied abroad in Italy, I developed a great interest in the architecture of churches. The Westminster Abbey is no doubt a beautiful church. I’m actually happy we were out and about walking in the later hours of the evening since we could capture these shots without the several other tourists in the photos. We of course didn’t face the same luck in the day time.
It was definitely an interesting feeling to be in a large city but not necessarily be surrounded by skyscrapers. The architecture varied greatly between London and Paris, but I still found an appreciation for both.
I wanted to go to the British Museum solely to see the main interior and the Rosetta Stone. Neither disappointed me. 🙂
St. Pancras International
St. Pancras was certainly different from Grand Central Terminal or Penn Station in NYC, but it was great to see! Alex and I also enjoyed our train ride on the Eurostar from London to Paris.
Trafalgar Square basically reminded me of Columbus Circle. Both locations are surrounded with beautiful scenery and a main point of traffic.
There were countless other sights we saw but these were our top. Be on the lookout for my upcoming posts this week on: London food, Stamford Bridge, and two amazing places to view London!