London Day 2: Bus Tour

Tower Bridge London

For our second day in London, we only had a few hours in the afternoon to get around. We were feeling a little overwhelmed (TripAdvisor lists at least 945 things to do in London), and were having trouble deciding between several different options of how to spend the afternoon. The Tower of London? Piccadilly Circus? Buckingham Palace? Maybe they have the equivalent of New York’s Naked Cowboy somewhere? What would that even be? A naked Beefeater? Ew. I digress.

So we decided to see it all on a double-decker bus tour. We took a two-and-a-half hour route that zig-zagged all along the Thames and hit pretty much every sight and street I could think of (and lots more I never would have thought of). Many of the photos were too blurry to use, but I’ve included the best photos that did turn out below:

Bright blue rooster statue on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square
This is a temporary sculpture on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. Man, it’s blue.
Admiralty Arch
This is Admiralty Arch, at one end of The Mall. You can’t quite see Buckingham Palace at the end, but it’s there. The Mall connects Buckingham Palace to Trafalgar Square.
Lion and Unicorn Crest
My favorite Lion and Unicorn seal!
A residential street in Belgravia
This is a neighborhood called Belgravia. This is where the rich people live! Hello, Andrew Lloyd Weber and J.K. Rowling! Is that Gwyneth Paltrow’s MINI Cooper?
Palace of Westminster
A view of the Palace of Westminster from across the river. You can see Big Ben!
Tower Bridge London
The Tower Bridge. The blue suspension cables are a stunning teal blue.
Tower of London
This is the Tower of London. It looks a lot more like a castle than a tower, but who’s counting? England continues to mystify!

After this, we stopped taking pictures because it was freezing cold outside and we were sitting on the top of the open-air bus. But it was a great way to see an overview of all the major sites!

See here for my recap of Day 1, or here for Day 3. Thanks for reading.