My Trip to London in Jan was a memorable one. Though I missed Sanjay, I planned to not miss any places in London.
Since it was a Business Trip, I had to make the most of the 2 weekends in hand and made full justice to the time I could spare for sightseeing.
The serviced apartment I lived in was very close to St.Paul’s cathedral.Â So I got to enjoy the magnificent monument bit by bit every day.
St.Paul’s is one of the oldest Cathedrals in London. Princess Diana and Prince of Wales got married here. It is huge! It has a famousÂ whispering Gallery. The Stone Tower on top will give a good view of London. However, it was shut for maintenance.
At Night – lit-up view of St.Paul’s Cathedral.
Buckingham Palace – The view from the Compound Grill, Visitors are not allowed inside. I missed the “changing of Guards”.
Almost a 300 year old building, thisÂ is the residence of the Queen.
Westminister Palace or Houses of Parliament was the residence of the Kings before they moved to Buckingham Palace.
Westminister Abbey. A Beautiful edifice. There have been multiple weddings and burials here; no connection between the two though
World’s first Hard Rock cafe in London.
London Bridge and the River Thames.
Tower of London, this has been used as a prison for a long time. The Crown Jewels are displayed here.
The Warwick Castle, the drive through the country-side to reach this place was beautiful and fortunately we had a very good Guide. The River Avon runs around the castle. This was built by Earl of Warwick.
These wax statues were made way back when theÂ Warwick Castle was bought and opened for visitors. The Castle was bought by theÂ Tussauds,Â who started the Wax Museum in London later.
The Wax statues look so natural (Not all in the picÂ are made ofÂ wax)
The glass paintings on the Window.
The paintings are so detailed.
Elevated view of the Castle.
This is the birthplace of Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon. The house is now converted to Museum.
The guides here actually take you back in time and areÂ so animated and expressive. It was anÂ amazing experience.
This is the Jubilee Pavilion. It was built to celebrate the Shakespeare’s Jubilee Festival. This can hold up to 1000 people.
The River Avon. It was beautiful to walk around this place.
One of the thatched roof house in Cotswold.
The dream of many – Oxford University!
The famous Christ Church College.
The Dining Hall in the Christ Church College – where Harry Potter was initially shot. In the later series, this setting was remade as this place was too congested for shooting.
Every window pane has a glass painting.
Bodliean Library in Oxford is one of the oldest Libraries in Europe. Next only to the British Library. A copy of all the books published in the UKÂ are added to this Library. The books are not lent here… butÂ given only forÂ reference.
AÂ Tube Station in London. St.Paul’s station.
The District station.
It was nice to meet Andy , Sarah and Helen for Dinner.
The Hampton Court Palace.
Pulkit trying to break one of the walls of Hampton Court Palace. Next time you are there, please note the crackÂ on the wall
The palace was Awesome. One of the Roman Clocks with the Sun Signs depicting the months.
A quick lunch at the Hampton canteen.
This is the Hampton Court Park which is adjacent to the Palace. It is maintained so perfectly. Just picture perfect!
Pulkit at the Golden Jubilee Fountain in the Park.
Enjoying the sunshine…
This is the Covent Garden market place. I was amazed to find this cycle rickshaw.
My trip to Windsor Castle, the Station has ‘The Queen’ train.
The Windsor Castle is still a residence of the British Royal Family.
The Queen’s favorite weekend home.
The Guard at the Windsor Castle.
The Lower Ward – Windsor Castle. This building has St .George’s Chapel.
Museum of London, thankfully was open and I managed to get good 2 hours. Though an additional couple of hours would have allowed me to do justice to the Museum.
Roman tiles displayed in the Museum.
The London Eye wonderfully lit-up in blue, besides theÂ River Thames.
The famous Big Ben looks gorgeous at night. Infact, London is at its best in the evenings.
The Big Ben clocking 7.35pm, I had to head back, as it was getting very cold.