Photos: Contiki 2011 – Day 3 – London

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Monday, June 13, 2011 was our free day in London.

Those of us who wanted a lift across town boarded the bus in the morning and set out. I was hanging out with Rich and Lorissa, a very friendly couple from Edmonton.

I have no idea what this building is, but it looked neat. So, I took a photo while on the bus.

London, England - Jun 13, 2011

London, England - Jun 13, 2011

We knew that we wanted our first stop to be the London Eye. So, we hopped off the bus while stuck in traffic or at a red light and crossed the Thames on foot.

London, England - Jun 13, 2011

London, England - Jun 13, 2011

London, England - Jun 13, 2011

London, England - Jun 13, 2011

London, England - Jun 13, 2011

London, England - Jun 13, 2011

London, England - Jun 13, 2011

London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The day started out cloudy, but the weather improved remarkably in the afternoon.

The Eye and Houses of Parliament - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Eye and Houses of Parliament - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Houses of Parliament - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Houses of Parliament - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

That’s Rich with the sunglasses.

Taking Off in The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Taking Off in The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Houses of Parliament as seen from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Houses of Parliament as seen from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Police boat seen from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Police boat seen from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Big Ben tower as seen from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Big Ben tower as seen from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey as seen from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey as seen from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Buckingham Palace as seen from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Buckingham Palace as seen from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Me aboard The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Me aboard The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Waterloo Station as seen from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Waterloo Station as seen from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Shard as seen from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Shard as seen from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Gherkin as seen from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Gherkin as seen from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Houses of Parliament as seen from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Houses of Parliament as seen from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Like on many amusement park rides, there is a camera to take a commemorative photo of you in your pod on the London Eye. What I find amusing is the fact that it is mounted in a housing that looks like a regular handheld camera.

Pod Camera for The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Pod Camera for The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Dalek!

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Houses of Parliament - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Houses of Parliament - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Eye - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Houses of Parliament as seen from Westminster Bridge - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Houses of Parliament as seen from Westminster Bridge - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Eye and County Hall as seen from Westminster Bridge - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Eye and County Hall as seen from Westminster Bridge - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Houses of Parliament as seen from Westminster Bridge - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Houses of Parliament as seen from Westminster Bridge - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Me on Westminster Bridge in front of the Houses of Parliament - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Me on Westminster Bridge in front of the Houses of Parliament - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Westminster Bridge - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Westminster Bridge - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Big Ben tower - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Big Ben tower - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Big Ben tower - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Big Ben tower - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Big Ben tower - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Big Ben tower - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Houses of Parliament - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Houses of Parliament - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Members of the Metropolitan Police - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Members of the Metropolitan Police - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Our next stop was Westminster Abbey. They ask that you not take photographs inside and, it being an active house of worship, I respected those wishes. I will say that the inside is grand and amazing. The wait on the line is well worth it. There are so many cool historical figures interred there – Elgar, Walton, Churchill just to name a few.

Westminster Abbey - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Westminster Abbey - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Westminster Abbey - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Westminster Abbey - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Westminster Abbey - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Westminster Abbey - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Westminster Abbey - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Westminster Abbey - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Westminster Abbey - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Westminster Abbey - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

London, England - Jun 13, 2011

London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Westminster Abbey - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Westminster Abbey - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Westminster Abbey - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Westminster Abbey - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

London, England - Jun 13, 2011

London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Hehe.

London, England - Jun 13, 2011

London, England - Jun 13, 2011

London, England - Jun 13, 2011

London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Our next stop was Buckingham Palace.

Gardens outside Buckingham Palace - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Gardens outside Buckingham Palace - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Buckingham Palace - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Buckingham Palace - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Outside Buckingham Palace - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Outside Buckingham Palace - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Me at Buckingham Palace - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Me at Buckingham Palace - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Mall - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Mall - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Buckingham Palace - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Buckingham Palace - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Gardens outside Buckingham Palace - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Gardens outside Buckingham Palace - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Canada Gate outside Buckingham Palace - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Canada Gate outside Buckingham Palace - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Canada Gate outside Buckingham Palace - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Canada Gate outside Buckingham Palace - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Beefeater at Buckingham Palace - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Beefeater at Buckingham Palace - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Beefeater at Buckingham Palace - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Beefeater at Buckingham Palace - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Beefeater at Buckingham Palace - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Beefeater at Buckingham Palace - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Buckingham Palace - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Buckingham Palace - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Buckingham Palace - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Buckingham Palace - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Buckingham Palace - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Buckingham Palace - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Buckingham Palace - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Buckingham Palace - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

St. James's Park Station - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

St. James's Park Station - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

St. James's Park Station - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

St. James's Park Station - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

St. James's Park Station - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

St. James's Park Station - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

St. James's Park Station - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

St. James's Park Station - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

After a ride on the Underground and grabbing some lunch, we arrived at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Again, no photos inside. But, you must see this place! The dome looks great on the outside, but from the inside it is truly awe-inspiring!!!

St. Paul's Cathedral - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

St. Paul's Cathedral - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

There are three levels to visit (all by stair) at St. Paul’s Cathedral. The first is the Whispering Gallery inside the dome – very tight quarters there. Then there are two levels on the outside of the dome.

View from St. Paul's Cathedral - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from St. Paul's Cathedral - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Shard as seen from St. Paul's Cathedral - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Shard as seen from St. Paul's Cathedral - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from St. Paul's Cathedral - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

View from St. Paul's Cathedral - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

After the Whispering Gallery, we only made it up to the first level outside. The line to get to the top level was too long (and included a large group of schoolchildren). So, we determined we had to abandon the idea of getting to the top if we still wanted to make it to the next destination on our list.

Tower Bridge as seen from St. Paul's Cathedral - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Tower Bridge as seen from St. Paul's Cathedral - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

London, England - Jun 13, 2011

London, England - Jun 13, 2011

This appears to be some sort of shop. I’m not sure you could get away with that name here in the U.S.

London, England - Jun 13, 2011

London, England - Jun 13, 2011

I travel to London to catch the Circle Line? (The Circle Line is a fleet of pleasure boats that sail around Manhattan.)

Mansion House Station - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Mansion House Station - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

There’s something endearing about “mind the gap” and the way they constantly announce it. It does probably does have something to do with the accent. Still, the one souvenir I wish I had from London is a “Mind the Gap” t-shirt. I’m a medium if you should be there. :-)

Mansion House Station - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Mansion House Station - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

You might be wondering what our next destination was. Well, it was the Tower of London! If you have a limited amount of time in London, don’t put this at the top of your list. But if you have the time, it is worth checking out.

The Tower of London - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Tower of London - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Tower of London - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Tower of London - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Tower of London - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Tower of London - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Tower of London - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Tower of London - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Tower of London - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Tower of London - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

London City Hall and The Shard as seen from The Tower of London - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

London City Hall and The Shard as seen from The Tower of London - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The ravens of the Tower of London are huge! They are there as ‘protectors.’

Raven at The Tower of London - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Raven at The Tower of London - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Crown Jewels aren’t so interesting. What is interesting is that there is a room you walk through on your way to them with the design of the crown of each King and Queen of England. There are only three more slots after Queen Elizabeth II before the room ends. Hmmm.

The Tower of London - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Tower of London - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Tower of London - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Tower of London - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Tower Bridge as seen from The Tower of London - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Tower Bridge as seen from The Tower of London - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The paint job on the Tower Bridge is pretty awesome!

The Tower of London - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Tower of London - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Tower of London - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Tower of London - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Tower of London - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

The Tower of London - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Me in The Tower of London - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Me in The Tower of London - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

I’m pretty sure I still have a toy version of this in my old bedroom at my parents’ house. I’ll look for it when I’m there this evening helping my dad bring in the deck furniture.

Korean Air 747 as seen from The Tower of London - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Korean Air 747 as seen from The Tower of London - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

After the Tower of London, Rich, Lorissa, and I headed back to the hotel to meet up with the group to go out and see Chicago in the West End.

On our way, I saw this in the subway, er, Underground. Make up your own mind.

London, England - Jun 13, 2011

London, England - Jun 13, 2011

London, England - Jun 13, 2011

London, England - Jun 13, 2011

I liked the movie version of Chicago much more than the production we saw on the West End. Though to be honest, I’m not actually wild about the story itself. It’s still cool to say I’ve been to the theatre in the West End (or is that on the West End?)!

Cambridge Theatre - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

Cambridge Theatre - London, England - Jun 13, 2011

There was a play starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate going on in London at the time. We actually walked by it. Now that would have been really cool to see.

After the show, several of us went to a club nearby and then eventually cabbed it back to the hotel.

- Evan Bindelglass

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