A Whirlwind Tour of London With Our Guide Corey

Trip Start Nov 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 01, 2011

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Blue Skies Hostel

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

We made plans to meet my (James') cousin Corey at Trafalgar square and he agreed to show us a few sights during the day. Before Corey got there we took the chance to climb the lions at the Nelson Monument and take pictures around the square. When Corey got there he took us along to Buckingham Palace, through St.James Park, then on over to see Big Ben, the London Eye and the House of Parliament. We unfortunetly decided to do this tour on a sunday and Westminster Abbey was closed to the public except for services so we decided to just take pictures of the outside and figured we would come back the next day. We were all getting hungry by this time and walked to and around Piccadilly Circus and near Leicester Square before we settled on a place to eat.

 Corey then took us back to the British museum to see the exhibits that we had missed. When we had gone through some of the highlights we left and went on the search for Platform 9 3/4 simply for the chance to get an infamous London photo. When we got to the station we had some trouble finding it as apparently they have moved it a few times because the station is under construction. Some girls pointed us in the right direction and warned us it was very disappointing. Turns out instead of putting the partially visible cart up to a brick wall they have now taken some paper with a brick wall pattern and put a plastic covering on it and have placed it on a wall outside the front of the station. Nevertheless we snapped our photos and went on our way.

We then headed for a drink at a little pub called the Briar Tavern. It was built hundreds of years ago and then restored in the 70's, it was alot cooler than any pub I've been in before. Corey said it was the pub King Henry VIII went to celebrate in after the beheading of Ann Boleyn (Queen Ann from The Other Boleyn Sister, pretty cool!). Afterward we had walked over Millenium Bridge and visited the Tate Modern Art Museum and took pictures of the Globe Theatre where Shakespear had his plays. To top the day off Corey took us to another pub for an afternooncap before heading our seperate ways. It was an awesome day with Corey and we were definately lucky to have a guide around the city centre for the day!

When we got back to the hostel we were pretty tired so we hit the pillow early so that we could get up and see Hampton Court the next day.

Thanks again Corey for coming and meeting us and showing us around, it was awsome having a free guide to tell us facts about every site we went to see and to show us cool little pubs like the Brier Tavern.
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