Five Days in the United Kingdom

Part 1 of our trip abroad this year – The United Kingdom

Five very busy days in the United Kingdom, mostly spent in London, but we did get a little further out on one day. Most of London we covered on foot, visiting a number of different neighbourhoods.

Notting Hill & Portobello Road

A weekday, so no Antiques Market, but still worth a walk to check out the sights of this famous London area.

Colourful Portobello Road

Holland Park

Quiet and beautiful, this park in the Royal borough of Kensington & Chelsea features a Japanese garnden, the Kyoto Garden, as well as more traditional English gardens.

The Kyoto Gardens, Holland Park

Kensington Palace & Kensington Gardens

The one-time home of Princess Diana and Prince Charles and a beautiful public gardens and park.

Statue of Queen Victoria in front of Kensington Palace, the former home of Princess Diana

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington

“…Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall…”

Royal Albert Hall

The Natural History Museum

One of several free museums in London. I have to admit, I was most interested in the architcture of the buildings themselves, more than the items inside.

The Great Hall at The NHM

The Victoria & Albert Museum of Design

The world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects. Again, we were in and out quite quickly, but you could spend a long time in here examining the intricate details of the beautiful objects.

The Victoria & Albert Museum

Westminster and The London Eye

The London Eye, view near Embankment

Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Street & Area

Piccadilly Circus

Trafalgar Square

The National Gallery and Trafalgar Square

Golders Green

A quick morning stop at the area where my husband Paul was born and lived for the first few years of his life before coming to Canada.

Golders Green

King’s Cross Station

Just a quick stop to check out the beautiful atrium at King’s Cross Station.

Kings Cross Station

The Emirates Air Line & O2 Stadium

Looking back at Royal Victoria Station where we caught the cable car to Greenwich

Greenwich

A visit to Maritime Greenwich and the area’s various historic sites.

Greenwich Panorama

Canary Wharf & The Thames Clipper

A ride on the Thames back to the Westminster area using the MNBA Thames Clipper, a shuttle service that hops from side to side along the Thames with stops on the north and south banks of the river.

Canary Wharf

Covent Garden

A quick cruise through Covent Garden Market for breakfast before our final day in London.

Covent Garden Market

The British Museum

Another free museum with excellent architecture. The Great Court was renovated and opened by Queen Elizabeth in the year 2000.

The British Museum

St. Paul’s Cathedral & One New Change

The only rainy hours we had, which is pretty good considering this is London, after all. We visited the somewhat oddly named “One New Change” shopping galleria (at number 1 New Change Street – thus the name) which has a rooftop walkout with excellent views of St. Paul’s and area.

St. Paul’s Cathedral from One New Change Lookout

City of London – Financial District

A closer look at some of London’s most impressive modern architecture.

Around the Thames – Southbank and Tower of London

Walking on both sides of the Thames River and taking in some of the most classic London Spots including Tower Bridge and The Tower of London, where a beautiful art exhibit was ongoing to honour those lost in World War One.

London Cab

Liverpool Street, London

Shoreditch

I had heard about the amazing graffiti in this area and wanted to have a look. Shoredtich is an artsy East London area and also a predominantly Indian neighbourhood, with lots of great restaurants.

Love this one!

Day Trip out of London to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Bath

A coach tour from London to see the countryside and a few must-see landmarks.

Windsor Castle

Sadly, no photos allowed in the castle. Just lot’s of over-the-top splendour.

Bath

Pulteney Bridge over the River Avon, Bath

We packed a lot into our time in the United Kingdom, indeed.

Then it was off to Iceland!