To start off our day we took the Big Bus tour (a one-day ticket came free with each of our London passes) from our hotel to the stop by Buckingham Palace and hurried over to the gates to find a good spot to watch the changing of the guards at 11:30 am.
We got there about 45 minutes early and were able to find a good spot to view the procession. ***Funny story I thought that in addition to the changing of the guards the queen was going to come out and wave to the crowd or leave the palace. I honestly didn’t know what I was thinking because the procession is planned out everyday twice a day, so fore my scenario to make sense she would have to leave the castle at the same time everyday. And honestly I’m rambling now so the point is I was obviously disappointed when my chuckling parents told me that I wasn’t going to see the queen.
The changing of the guards was interesting, but in all honestly not worth it when getting there 45 minutes early. But you can get a decent spot to see the changing of the guards if you get there 15 to 25 minutes early.Romper (on sale!!)
After the procession we hopped back onto the bus to go visit Westminster Abbey. And we found a secret garden!!
Next we headed to the docks and to take a boat tour around the Thames River (which also came with the London Pass).This was such a wonderful experience, and you really get a feel for the city and where everything is. We got to see a lot of sites that you wouldn’t have time to. Also the City Cruise watermen give a lot of great advice when touring London and clue you in on some of the best kept secrets in London.
One secret that I discovered is instead of just visiting the Globe Theatre, you should go see a play there. We watched a Midsummer Night’s Dream, which is my favorite Shakespeare play, so obviously I was thrilled to see that they were performing it at the same time we were going to be in London.
The show was absolutely amazing and so funny. My favorite character was the cheeky and always mischievous Puck 😉 Even if you don’t like Shakespeare, you will still enjoy and understand this play that is set in modern times and entails an Indian flair. I got my tickets for 32 pounds, which was well worth it, but you can also get standing tickets for 5 pounds. Although audience members on the ground also known as “groundlings” have to stand the whole performance, they are more part of the play. On multiple occasions the actors spontaneously involved them in the production. One of the characters, Puck (of course), went as far as to full on kiss one of the groundlings. I honestly could not stop laughing.
Anyway it was a great end to the day. Stay tuned for more London posts coming this week!!