Missed days 1 & 2 of our trip? You can find them here:
We enjoyed a nice Irish breakfast at our hotel before heading out for another full day of sightseeing.
Our first stop was Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. It was closed when we attempted to visit on our first day in London, so we made sure we arrived early to not miss the tour.
The original Globe Theatre burnt down and this one is a replica. They even used old building methods and it has an old thatch roof.
We got to walk around the bottom floor and some of the upper floors of the theatre. I found it quite interesting that they don’t use microphones for any of their performances at the theatre, just like in Shakespeare’s time.
I would have loved to see a play here but we visited during the off season so there were none showing for the public. They did have the theatre set up for a modern day interpretation of Romeo and Juliet for school age kids – to encourage them to get into Shakespeare.
When we left the theatre we took a small detour to get a glimpse of the London Bridge. I assumed it would be sort of amazing since Arizona bought their old one, but nope. It’s just a regular old bridge. I didn’t even take a picture haha.
We crossed over the River Thames and made our way to the Tower of London. I thought it was so neat to see this old castle tower in the middle of such a modern City. It really gives you a sense of the deep history of London.
It was still cold, windy and sprinkling outside when we went into the tower gates, so we ducked in and out of the wall towers and made our way around along the perimeter. I loved getting to walk on the castle walls – It was cool to see what it would be like to use the walls to protect the interior when it’s under attack.
We went into the White Tower which houses the Royal Armories. We felt a little like herded cattle in this part since it was insanely busy and crowded. We had seen a lot of similar artifacts the day before from the Queens private collection at Windsor Castle, so we didn’t spend too much time gazing at all the stuff.
We did however have a little fun in the gift shop area ;)
Next up were the Crown Jewels. I originally wasn’t too excited to see these but once we went in I ended up really loving it – how could I not? There were diamonds and sparkly jewels everywhere!
When we finished up at the Tower of London we popped into a Starbucks to get some tea and a snack. We warmed up a little and looked out onto the Tower Bridge and the River Thames.
The Tower Bridge ended up being a pretty cool sight. We learned about the history of the bridge and a little about how it was built. The views from the top were pretty awesome too. Definitely the coolest bridge in London!
We also went into the old engine rooms – which was actually really cool. They don’t use steam engines to lift the bridge anymore, but those engines were neat to see.
We wandered around a little on the South bank until we found The Old Operating Theatre. It was somewhat hidden and had the tiniest staircase I’ve ever seen (very steep, single file – and only one direction of traffic).
The operating theatre is in the roof space of a church – but it used to be a part of the wing of the hospital. And all of the patients at the operating theatre were women. I can’t explain just how creepy this place was.
The museum was filled with old instruments used for surgeries and operations. Saws…forceps…pretty much anything you can think of.
I had chills the second we walked into the operating theatre. Seeing all the old pictures and logs made it feel a little too real.
The museum space was also full of herbs of every kind. An herb garret provided a second entrance into the ward.
So creepy – yet so cool.
Despite all that we just saw, we were ready for some food! We took the tube over near Piccadilly Circus and decided on some Indian food. Lance and I shared some delicious garlic naan – and each had a curry dish as an entrée. It was just what we needed: delicious, filling and warm.
Next up we hopped onto one of London’s iconic red double decker buses. I immediately climbed straight up the stairs to sit at the top. We cruised down the street and gazed out the windows for a bit.
We hopped off at a random stop then walked around the streets. We stumbled upon Chinatown which was pretty cool.
We also found a phone booth worthy of a photo.
We did a bit of window shopping before we jumped back on the tube to make our way to Kings Cross Station – destination platform 9 3/4
I’m not a huge Harry Potter fan, but I couldn’t resist making the stop to check it out. Harry Potter always brings back so many memories of my days working at the theatre so the quick detour was worth it.
When we got back to our hotel we rested up for a bit before heading back out for a drink. When we got into our lobby we saw that our hotel bar had some live Irish bands playing all night and had some Irish food specials for St. Patrick’s Day. We were sold!
Little did we know, St. Pat’s (yep – that’s what they call it in London!) was pretty popular round these parts. This place was packed!
We grabbed a table and ordered some drinks. A half pint of Guinness for me and an Irish whiskey for Lance. For dinner I decided on Cottage Pie and creamed cabbage. I was skeptical about the creamed cabbage, but holy yum it was good.
After dinner and our pints we went back to the room to pack up our stuff for departure for Paris the next day.