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Let’s venture into the City of London, but wait…
As this is our first time in London… 🇬🇧🇬🇧
Where should we go?🤔🤔🤔
So here is our excited face early in the morning ready to explore the City of London!😄😄😄
Being our first time in London, we did a lot of research where to visit. We highlighted all the attractions and conquer the attractions by area so that we don’t waste time travelling as London is super duper big.👍👍👍
For today, we will be heading to the following 5 attractions:
- Tower of London – a famous historical castle in the world🏛
- Tower Bridge – one of the finest bridge🌉
- HMS Belfast – a historical war ship🛳
- The London Bridge Experience – Top horror attraction in the World🎭
- Hop on and Hop off Bus Tour – Iconic way to get around London attractions and landmark🚍
We then bought a 3 days London Pass which we will be able to visit many of the attractions in London at just one single price.
With this pass, we will just need to flash and enter the attractions. Very easy and straightforward!😁😁😁
Tower of London
The top 10 attractions recommended from London Pass is Tower of London. Hence, we decided to make this our first attraction of the day.🏰
This is a historic castle in London. The architecture are all very well maintained.
This place used to be a prison and even a Mini Zoo. It is located at the North bank of river Thames.
Top things we see and do in Tower of London:
- White Tower
- Yeoman Warders
- Tower torture
- Medieval Palace
- The ravens
- Royal Beasts
- The Crown Jewels
The white tower is a very famous castle in the world.
The history behind the building of this tower is to deter foreign invaders and terrify Londoners.
In this white tower, it is a heritage site where they also house Royal Armories collections and armor display.🏅🏆🎖🥇
As we walked into the Tower of London, we managed to see the Yeoman Warders standing guard.😄😄😄
They are the ceremonial guardians of the Tower of London. For those that are interested to listen to the tales of imprisonment, execution and torture, there is a Yeoman Warder tour every 30 minutes near the entrance.
Quick Fact: Yeoman Warders are required to have served in the armed forces with an honorable record for at least 22 years.
In this tower torture, we can see the torture room and torture instrument being used in the tower. There is a display of Manacle torture instrument where they would hang the hands and leg and lift him off the floor.😩😩😩
The Medieval Palace is a luxurious palace and a recreation place for the Kings and Queens.🤴👸
In this palace, It is also a place where children lived and play.👶🏻👦🏼👧🏼
Ravens are known as the Guardians of the Tower. You can also spot the Ravens in the Tower of London. These Ravens are from the crow family and only respond to the Raven master. 🦅🦅🦅
In the past, there are hundreds of exotic creatures inside the Tower of London-Exotic tower. These exotic creatures are given as Royal Gift. These creatures that arrived in the towers are lion, polar bear, elephants, tiger, kangaroo and Ostrich.🐯🦁🐘🐅
The Crown Jewels
This is a place not to be missed. In the Crown Jewels exhibition, we managed to see many different sparkling crowns of the Royal collection with extraordinary diamonds in the world that are still regularly used by the Queen. Bling bling…👑👑👑
Unfortunately, we are not able to take photos in this section. Oh well, these collections can only be recorded in my brain.👸
In the palace, you can also expect to see people dressing in traditional costumes to re-enact the scenes in the palace.👘👚👔
I guessed I am overloaded with the history over in the Tower of London. Time to move on to my next attraction of the day!
Bye Bye Tower of London. It was a magnificent place where we go back in time and stepping into 1000 years of history! Indeed a surprising and dramatic history! For me, I can’t imagine bringing lion and tiger into the palace!😜😜😜
‼️Tower of London is a UNESCO World Heritage site!
✅ Checked and visited
1st November to 28th February(Winter)
Tuesday to Saturday- 9am to 4.30pm
Sunday to Monday- 10am to 4.30pm
1st March to 31th October (Summer)
Tuesday to Saturday- 9am to 5.30pm
Sunday to Monday- 10am to 5.30pm
Gate price –£28 Online price- £24
Child (5 to 15 years old)
Gate price –£13 Online price- £11
Price is valid for visits from 1st Mar 2017 to 28 Feb 2018
The Tower of London
London, England EC3N 4AB
London Tower Bridge
London Tower Bridge is just less than 5 minutes walk from the Tower of London.🌉
London Tower Bridge was built more than 100 years ago to smoothen the traffic and at the same time maintaining river access. And yes, what this bridge can do is to lift up the roadway for passing ships. Impressive, isn’t it!🛳🚤🛥
London bridge is a combination of a movable and suspension bridge.🌁
Due to its great engineering technology, it is one of the famous and recognizable structure in the World.👍
✅Most iconic crossing River Thames!
Tower Bridge exhibition is where visitors are able to have a panoramic view from a high level walkway.😁
There is also a glass floor section where we are able to just look down from the walkway.🤣
Check out how small the people are below!
There are also videos of how the bridge was built.😍
Hurray, we are back on the ground after touring through the glass floor and exhibition.🤠
This is one of the most photographed landmark.
✅Attraction checked and visited!
This is a very well maintained bridge where we can see Thames River from the top!🆒
A very memorable experience especially with the glass floor!❤️
Opening hours (Everyday)
1st October to 31st March(Winter)
9.30am to 5pm
1st April to 31th September (Summer)
10am to 5.30pm
Child (5 to 15 years old)
Price is valid for visits from 1st Mar 2017 to 31 Mar 2018
Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 2UP
As we approach lunch time, time to roam around to see what’s nearby. Within minutes, we found a restaurant, Strada which has lunch special that is very worth the price. It is a modern Italian restaurant with daily special menu and for today it is regular pizza for 5 Pound.
It is super cheap and super delicious!!! Yummy!😂😂😂
We decided to try it out as we were so hungry after walking around Tower of London and Tower Bridge!
Love the thin crust and toppings!🍕
Monday to Saturday-10am to 11pm
Sunday-10am to 9.30pm
2 More London Riverside, London SE1 2JP, UK
After a real satisfying lunch, we walked towards HMS Belfast. The walk takes less than 5 minutes. It is so convenient that attractions are just in the vicinity so we don’t have to travel too far.
HMS Belfast is a very sturdy and strong cruiser.⚓️🚢
It used to be a warship and Europe’s only surviving 2nd World War Cruiser. Now it has been decommissioned and is a museum ship located in River Thames.🏆
Entering into HMS Belfast, we are given an audio guide to provide insights of this historical warship. There are stories of 2nd War War on how the crews survive on board.👩🏼✈️👨🏻✈️
One will be able to feel how life is in the warship in the sea.
‼️There are a total of 9 decks in this warship where you can climb up and down to visit the different areas such as dental office, sick bay, captain seat and also the machinery rooms.
As we walked into the warship, we are able to see things that we don’t usually see like the torpedo.
They are able to fire the torpedos and missiles during the war.
From the captain’s seat, we are able to have a nice good view over river Thames.😁
This whole place is so self sufficient and huge that made us felt like we are on the cruise.🛳
This is a pretty cool place to visit and learn about the history of the battleship and also how impressive the interior of this battleship is.
10am – 6pm every day
HMS Belfast-The Queen’s Walk
London SE1 2JH
The London Bridge experience
We pretty much had no idea what this attraction is.
Or well, we thought that this is another Bridge exhibition.
We are so so wrong… This attraction is known as
London’s scariest Attraction where it brings history, horror and fear.
This attraction is travelling back in time to experience the adventure and history of mock up rooms.👻😈🎭🤹🏼♂️
It is an interactive tour where actors are convincing but at the same time it is terrifying.😵😵😵
The guided tour is like a haunted house tour which is not for faint hearted. It feels like a Halloween horror night but it was so exciting and fun to us!🤗🤗🤗
This place is transformed into terrifying territory of different sections where guests will move from one place to another.This makes us feel like we are immersed in the depth of horror.😬😬😬
Alright, I shall not be spoiler. I would strongly recommend this tour as I had so much fun walking through the different rooms together with the technology ghost house with costumed guides taking visitors through London’s darker Period.😃😃😃
No photo taking inside the London Bridge Experience so…
Imagine, enjoy and explore!❤️
1030am to 5pm
2-4 Tooley Street London SE1 2SY
Hop on and Hop off Bus Tour
This is the best and easiest way to get around London. We can sightsee the City of London without walking around!🚍
Wohoo…We managed to catch the last bus ride for the blue route for Hop on and Hop off bus tour.
This is a MUST GO attraction in London.
- The bus takes you to all the top attractions in London. 5 routes with 60 stops!
- Wide ranging introduction and history to the places of interest
- The live commentator is engaging and interactive
Below are some of the places that we passed by while we are on the open bus-Blue route!
Imperial war museum
This is also one of the four UNESCO World Heritage in London!✅
‼️Tips:The good thing when you are on the bus is that you have unblock view and we are able to take nice photos without the crowd around us!
Does he looks like Mr Bean! We kept joking that he looks like him! Kekeke😜😜😜
I would suggest to ride around first on the top if possible to get those beautiful pictures and then decide what you really want to see and make the best use of your time if it is a short stay.😃
There are 5 routes for you to chose from:
Essential tour- Blue route (with Live English guide)
Classic tour- Red route
Grand tour- Orange route
Morning Pickup services- Yellow route (Only operate in the morning-Only from 7am-10am)
Evening drop-off service- Green route (Only operate in the evening- Only from 4.56pm to 6.28pm)
Tip: The bus would be cold while it is moving due to the open top concept!
This bus ride provides us an overview of London. We will explore more of these places in the other days.😁
👍Note: The London Pass includes a 1-day(24 hours) Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour.
Normal Entry Price
We bought a 3 days London Pass to experience the City of London.🙃
In just a day, we spent £106.75 for the 5 attractions.
This means that the attractions that we are going to visit for the next 2 days is free!!!🤣🤣🤣
Super worth to buy London Pass if you are intending to visit the top London’s attractions!😇
With London pass, you will just need to show your pass and you can visit 60+ London attractions.😋
You just need to pay one fixed price for any of these attractions of your choice.
‼️Tips: Remember to buy it before you arrive, there is likely to have online discount from time to time of up to 20%. Very good deal!
There are also 1 day, 2 days, 3 days, 6 days and 10 days pass available depending on the duration of your stay.
A guide book will also be given for navigation and with details of the attractions!
Opps… No photos as we used the mobile version:)
London Pass is so tourist friendly and convenient !
✅Strongly recommended especially if it is your first time to London!!!
As it is getting late, most attractions would have been closed by now.
We then make our way to have a delicious dinner… Drumrollllll…🥁🥁🥁
In Chinatown – Four seasons Restaurant!
It has been more than 10 days since we last had Chinese food. There isn’t much food options in Iceland. So see my elated face with our favourite food on the table.
Dadang, this is the legendary roast duck that everyone talks about!🍖
Four Season restaurant is famous for its Roast Duck and being known for the Best Roast Duck in the world.👍
Indeed, the duck is very juicy and taste awesome. I would say that it is better than most of the ducks that I have eaten! Strongly recommend to try when you are there! ✅
For the Wanton dumpling noodles, I felt that it has the yellowish noodles taste which I didn’t like it so much!
Nevertheless, we still finish it as we have been deprived of Chinese Food. kekeke…😋😋😋
Overall, I still love this meal!!!
Sunday – Thursday: 12:00 noon – 11:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 12:00 noon – 12:00 midnight
12 Gerrard St, London W1D 5PR, UK
After a delicious meal, we walked around Chinatown before heading back to the hotel!😄
What a long and fulfilling day!😂😂😂
Have more time in London, you can also explore Camden Market and Stable! Check out my previous post.