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London Town PART 2


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I'm back baby!! Again taking the bus back down to London gave me more time to plan the few short days here as I'm off to Germany at the end of the week! I'm staying in Streatham this time (a similar area to previously staying Tooting), it's a super busy time as Wimbledon starts today! Tried to get tickets but crazy expensive and they have a ballot system for tickets, you can line up on the day but no guarantees. Will be cheering on our girl Ash Barty for sure! The nice weather has followed me from Bath, yay!

A casual first day today exploring the local area and taking a nice long walk through the large park nearby into Tooting Common. Good for the soul with beautiful sunshine! Lovely hydrangeas are out in bloom, reminds me of my Poppa who tended to them in his garden covering them with the shade cloth so they didn't burn.
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Tonight I'm off to dinner with Tess (fellow Aussie who I met in Cuba) and her roomie Danielle. We met at Harrods Dining Hall, not long opened. Great venue and company but unfortunately we had a terrible experience which we waited for ages for our food and then had to send it back. 3 other tables around us also complained and sent food back that wasn't cooked to order or even wasn't what they ordered at all. For a place, so prestigious and touristy it wasn't good and way overpriced. I gave them a serve on Yelp afterwards. We did get some items removed from the bill after complaining twice to the manager. We still managed to have a laugh and it was nice to catch up again.
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It's my last full day today so I head back on the train to the city hub, heading to Trafalgar Square which is finally open! I'm so glad I came back and it's a beautiful day! The UK finally turns summer on for my final week here!
Opening in 1844 to commemorate the Battle of Trafalgar during the Napoleonic war in 1805. The surrounding builds are the National Gallery, St Martins in the Field Church, South Africa House and Canada House (both high commissions of their countries). Inside the square is the Nelson Column with a statue of Horatio Nelson who was the British Naval Commander in the Battle of Trafalgar. At the base of the column four bronzed lion lie guard.
Two fountains are also inside the square but I'm unsure if they hold any significance to the battle, but they are a tourist attraction.
I spent some time at the top stairs of the National Gallery people watching and taking it in.
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I head over to Piccadilly Circus which oddly reminded me of Times Square, same large electronic advertisements and people dressed are characters taking photos with tourists. Put simply it's a large traffic and street junction linking the Westend of London. I take a few snaps and head off.
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I swing by Buckingham Palace for a final wave to our Queen Lizzy, a lot different from my first lot of pics from my part 1 blog!
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Plus a visit to the gift shop of course, how cute are these!
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I return on the train from Waterloo Station which still remains as the busiest in the UK with close to 95 million entries/exists each year. Surprises me considering they moved the Eurostar to Kings Cross/St Pancras in 2007. It's also the largest by size and number of platforms, 24.
I took this photo outside whilst singing the Abba song in my head.
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Such a tourist!
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Back to Streatham and a final dinner and drinks at the local pub with Ali my Airbnb host! A lovely finish to a whole month here in the UK, it's flown by!
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I'm now finishing up packing my case for the early train to Brussels then on to Cologne, Germany.
I can feel myself becoming more anxious about leaving, I've got comfortable here. I've been lucky to have friendships here and had proper conversations deeper than the same questions about my trip over and over when constantly meeting people for the first time. Going back to more counties where I don't know anyone or speak the language has me doubting the next 4 months of solo travel because it will be hard. But we don't grow staying within our comfort zone, and I know it will be amazing so I must feel the fear and do it anyway, here goes...

Thankyou UK it's been brill.
Much love,
L xx

Posted by mslaurajade 05:33 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged buildings trains london england history travel friends heritage tourist holidays adventures uk blog commonwealth

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