Posted by: lindsaygoes | October 6, 2016

In and around London 

Saturday 24th September
London

We caught the train to London today, managed to find our hostel and then set about exploring. The first stop we made was the Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garrett museum, which I had been wanting to visit for a while, but had never quite got around to. It was really cool, with old surgical instruments and medication, and an old operating theatre, complete with viewing gallery. To get to the museum you had to ascend a tight winding staircase, to a tiny reception, and on the way out it was rather full so we had a bit of a wait before we could descend.

After that we went to the Emirates Skyline, a cable car across the Thames, which has some fantastic views. On the other side we had lunch (disappointing fish and chips) before catching the return journey and visiting the aeronautics exhibit. Then we visited Oxford Street, which was busy as usual.

For dinner we met up with a couple of friends at a chocolate themed restaurant which was pretty tasty. I definitely had to take a copy of the menu from there.

Sunday 25th September
London

This morning we headed to Hampton Court Palace, another spot I had been meaning to visit when I was in the UK previously but had never got a chance to see. We had a bit of an explore before meeting up with one of my cousins and her family and seeing the rest of the palace with them. It’s a huge place with magnificent buildings and gardens, and also a fantastic children’s play area and maze. We managed to find our way out of the maze, although we did miss the centre, so I’m not sure if that counts as a win or not! It was such a big place that we ended up spending almost the whole day there.

Monday 26th September 2016
London

This morning we headed slightly out of London to Bletchley, to go to Bletchley Park. It was a fascinating place with restored huts and buildings and some great exhibits on the encryption and code breaking processes of World War II. The audio guide provided was also really well done, with different sections on different methods for deciphering different messages as well as individuals involved with Bletchley Park.

We then headed back to London and visited the Tate Modern, which had been extended since I was last there. It now has a fantastic viewing gallery with wonderful views across London, as well as some really interesting exhibits. Definitely worth a visit if you have an interest in modern art, or if you like panoramic views.

Once we were finished sightseeing we had to head, with our luggage, to our hotel near Gatwick, as we had an early flight the next morning.

 

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