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London, Day Two - 4/28/2018

Our second day in London was chilly and overcast and began near our hotel with a morning stroll through Russell Square.


Russell Square

Adjacent to Russell Square is The British Museum.  This extensive museum with global antiquities, includes Egyptian mummies and ancient Greek sculptures.  Some of the museum’s most famous exhibits include the Rosetta Stone and sculptures from the Parthenon.  We could have spent an entire day exploring the museum’s massive collection.


The British Museum

Sarah, Jenny and Jake

Our next visit was to The British Library near Kings Cross and Saint Pancras.  Pieces of the library's collection that we saw included the handwritten sheet music by Edward Elgar, Beatles lyrics, the Magna Carta and a first edition of the King James Bible.


The British Library

It was time for lunch, so we headed to the nearby Kings Cross Station.  As we walked around looking for a place to eat we happened to pass near the famous fictional, yet now real, Platform 9 3/4 from the Harry Potter stories.  It was interesting to see the huge crowds of people lined up to get their picture taken in front of a brick wall.


Platform 9 3/4

We finally settled for a meal at Pret-A-Manger where I chose the Swedish Meatball Wrap.


We traveled on the Tube to London’s east side and across the River Thames to Greenwich.  We walked the neighborhood streets and came across the Cutty Sark, the last surviving British tea clipper.


Cutty Sark

Next, we checked out the arts and crafts at Greenwich Market.


Greenwich Market

One of the points of interest that I was really looking forward to during our visit to london was being able to go to Greenwich, stand on the prime meridian and being in both the eastern and western hemispheres at the same time.  We walked into Greenwich Park and followed The Avenue up the hill to the Royal Observatory Greenwich.


Royal Observatory Greenwich

Just a short walk away was the Prime Meridian.  We managed the crowd to get a few pictures.


Jake, Me and Jenny

After a short ride on the DLR we came to Canary Wharf.  This booming area and financial center is filled to commercial towers.


We rode the Tube once more and surprisingly ended up near the Shard.  This glass tower is the tallest in London at over one thousand feet high.


As we made your way toward the River Thames we passed through Hay’s Galleria.  This is a centuries old restored industrial building featuring offices, restaurants, shops, and flats.


From the galleria we walked along the banks of the river, past City Hall to Tower Bridge.


Jake, Sarah, Me and Jenny

We walked across the famous bridge and as soon as we did, the bridge raised to let river traffic pass.


From this side of the river we were also right in front of the Tower of London.  Nearby we ate at Paul where I chose the Ham and Cheese Croque.


Paul

Our good fortune continued, as we had just finished our meal when Tower Bridge rose once again.


Tower Bridge

We covered a lot of ground in England thus far and we’re just getting started.  Sarah has done an excellent job of navigating us throughout London.  I’m looking forward to more of the city’s sites and sounds.


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