Yesterday was our final day in London and I couldn’t be happier; it was fun, but home is where the heart is. I got to see a new place and truly compare it to life back home. We visited Westminster Abbey, which was a great place to visit. Then, we went to the Sherlock Holmes museum and then we went to Elizabeth Olympic Park. I loved the park! It was beautiful and there was a small fair there. We originally had planned to ride the ArcelorMittal Orbit, the largest sculpture in Europe (which is pictured above), but there were no tickets, so we went to the fair instead. It was a blast! As I wrap up this post I want people to know that it’s not the name of a place that makes it great. London is just like any other city. I personally enjoyed going to the places that weren’t smack in the middle of the city, but a bit outside of it. So, East End was probably one of my favorite areas, as well as Greenwich. Also, don’t get your hopes up as you travel in the future. All cities have the same basic look and they feel the same (large crowds, tall buildings, great feats in architecture, and so on). So go in ready to see city life and try and see what makes that city different from one that you know and appreciate the time you have to spend away from your normal life and just have fun.
The day started out like every other: we went down to breakfast, headed down to the tube, and headed to our first destination. We walked down to Westminster Abbey only to discover that it was closed until Thursday. Since the Abbey was closed, we decided to head down to The Churchill War Rooms. The War Rooms was amazing. I really enjoyed learning about Churchill’s life and legacy. The museum went through a bunker and had an audio guide describing what went on during the war in each of the rooms. It also had creepy, wax- like figures in the rooms to help show the dress and mannerisms of the people at the time. After the War Rooms, we took a hop-on-hop-off bus tour to the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A). We ate lunch there and walked around for a bit. I would really like to go back and spend more time there (our time was limited because we wanted to see another museum in the area). We saw a fashion exhibit that went from 2015 to the 1900s. It was really interesting to see the fashion from then to now and how it changed. We also perused some of the other exhibits in the museum. So far, my favorite exhibit in the V&A was the ironworks one. After the V&A museum, we went to the Natural History Museum. It had exhibits ranging from evolution to earth science to animal science and more. After the museums, we went to Harrods, a department store. It was really big and super expensive. We tried out a VR headset, bought some books, and sat in 3,000-pound office chairs. As far as observations go, I rarely hear any British accents around London. I hear a lot of French accents. I also see the multiple cultures that make London into a multi-cultural city. We constantly walk around neighborhoods and through people’s everyday life and it’s nice to see how they live and sometimes even how they make a living. I also notice that in London, They also have the recipe books with them at the counter in restaurants so that they can check the ingredients in the food quickly, instead of going to the kitchen to ask the chef.
*and by the way, the quote is from Churchill. I don’t know what it means, but I like it, so I had to include in my blog post. 🙂
Hi! My name is Zoe. I am a Computer Science major. I am leading the exploration to the Churchill War Rooms, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Harrods.