Mary Jane and I were calculating how many days we had visited London during our different European adventures. We think at least seven separate sojourns into fascinating London have transpired during our visits in 2012 and 2016.
I cannot think of a more intriguing city for me than London. From the engrossing stories of Charles Dickens to the suspense of Jack the Ripper, I have always considered London to be a bigger than life place…and it is!
Just the pageantry and unique history of the British Monarchy..and to be able to visit Buckingham Palace is enough to make your head spin.
When we were in London in July we visited again the Tower of London. The ambiance of this place and the history surrounding it is palpable when you are there.
The Ravens at the Tower were mysterious and mesmerizing.
This is the Monument commemorating the beheading of seven individuals in the courtyard of the Tower of London, including Queen Anne Boleyn in 1536.
Just down from Covent Gardens we stopped into a London Hat Shop and purchased a hat for Mary Jane, Jonathon, and myself. The hats were hand made and while they stretched mine on an antique hat stretcher I enjoyed complimentary Glenlivet.
Tower Bridge is such an iconic image…and on this trip we had the good fortune to see it raised…which we are told is seldom seen.
Tower Bridge seen through a window in the Tower of London.
We attended a performance of the Oscar and Hammerstein classic Showboat and throughly enjoyed it! Theatre in London is on par with Broadway.
After the show we had a lovely dinner at a Turkish restaurant that had the most unusual and interesting decor that I have seen.
When I am in London I think about what it must have been like in Dickens time?
When in London do enjoy a scone and clotted cream. The combination is to die for!
Also, for a culinary delight…stop at the Pie Shop in Covent Garden.
They have wonderful Sticky Toffee Pudding!
When you visit London…listen closely for the voices of the past…they are hauntingly beautiful.