Final London instalment! We wanted to see everything, brutal tourist style. A big bus tour it was, complete with a more than interesting tour guide.. On the open top deck, map in hand & a camera firmly glued to my hand it was time to explore London.
I am no expert, or local, or qualified in any way to express knowledge on London & it's sights. This is just my Mum & I having a precious day together, taking some snaps & enjoying the brutal tourist life in London.
Can I just say from the start, yes I am wearing 2 jumpers & 2 tops. It was England, in June. My home town was sunny & warm, Oscar was off on park runs chasing birds together. Mum & I were shivering, losing the feeling in our fingers and turning a worrying shade of blue. All worth it for the views. Ok, resume.
We opted for the Big Bus Tour as our exploration method. Mum bartered with the man for our bus tickets (lol); 'Do you have anything for a student & a senior?', he actually gave us a reduced fair. Probs because he felt sorry for us & I was being an audible bitch about my heavy backpack and lack of coat. We chose 'Red Route' for our tour, as seen above, although our ticket permitted any route. This covered all we have wanted to see.
Oxford Street (Again)
I featured this infamous street in my last two blog posts, so not a word will be said after this. Beautiful, busy & overwhelming.
Big Ben & Parliament Square Garden
This was possibly the area that made me feel like I was really 'in London'. You feel? On a big red bus, in central, Big Ben & Houses of Parliament to one side, Westminster Abby & the Supreme Court to another, driving through Parliament Square Gardens. Yes, very British. Very London. It was quite surreal to be surrounded by such monumental & iconic places.
Houses Of Parliment
How crazy beautiful.
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Mum being a babe on the bus
These are honestly some of the most precious pictures I have ever taken. She's looks so beautiful & happy. I'm feel so unbelievably lucky to have her in my life.
Some snaps of beyond gorgeous architecture. I honestly believe London is home to some of the most beautiful & stunning buildings, ever. It is so densely populated with architecture. Everything seems so wonderfully & carefully crafted, detailed to an insane amount & completely represents the history & rich culture of London. If I was to ever live in London, I would walk around with my head in their air. How could you not just be in constant awe?!
This right here, the beautiful black & white building is the oldest house in London, according to our very interesting tour guide. Google has since verified this for me. I found it magical how it's located amidst a high street, surrounded by both modern & old architecture, with hundreds of people passing it every day. I would have assumed such a treasure would be protected & secluded. Nope, right here for everyone to see & appreciate.
After this whole tour, we were completely frozen & so tired of being outside of blown by the wind. We took the bus to Euston, two hours early for our train, bought too many snacks & sat on the floor people watching.
I honestly had the most wonderful time with my Mum. It just makes me want to explore more places together, she's honestly my favourite travel partner. We're so chill with what we do, take it day by day & just do whatever we fancy. Yes, we're back in the hotel by 8pm & asleep by 10pm. I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm so excited for her to have 6 weeks off from work this summer & we can go on adventures together.