I spent about half of my time in England in London, and found myself visiting lots of places. Out of the hundreds of photos I took, the following are a few that show some of the places that meant a lot to me as we travelled. Many of them aren’t your typical tourist destinations, but little places we found when roaming around.
We visited these cafes and restaurants in Covent Garden on more than one occasion (particularly before seeing The Lion King Musical and Swan Lake, both of which were in the area). This group of classical musicians were particularly entertaining – as people walked by they would swarm around and play just to that person, with varying results. The Opera singers who sung here were amazing as well.
The Tower Of London was one of my must-see destinations, simply because of the rich history of the building. It was fascinating and definitely worth the time and money. While I enjoyed the exhibition inside, the building itself interested me the most.
I’m pretty sure this was Hampstead Heath, though my memory might be playing tricks on me. Anyway, I thought this view was just stunning. The whole area was amazing and we spent a long time walking around, until we were soaked with rain. At which point we found ourselves utterly lost, of course.
This is now my favourite pub in the world. It’s sort of hidden in Hammersmith, right on the Thames, and had an amazing atmosphere inside, plus some great drinks, and the world’s smallest bar. We ended up visiting a second time on our last night in London. One day I will definitely return here.
This tiny, sectioned off part of The Dove is officially the world’s smallest bar. What you see in this photo is it – this is the whole room. It was almost always full, and so we just drank in the main parts of the pub, but I still loved the fact that this pub owns this record.
We stumbled across this place by accident, and instantly fell in love with it. What was meant to be a quick drink turned into a several hour stay, drinking most of the whiskey they had. They regularly have poetry readings in here, and the place is filled with poetry books and poems on the walls and that kind of thing. A lovely place that I would also like to revisit.
We didn’t manage to see anything here, but it was nice to finally see The Globe with my own eyes, if nothing else. As an English teacher, I absolutely had to see this.
This sign is hard to read, but it lists fruit cocktails that this particular pub sold, and at the bottom says “possibly 1 of your 5 a day”. I love the sense of humour that is so prevalent throughout pubs in England.
I could have shared so many more photos of so many other places that I adored, but I’ll end it here. I also think I’ll end this England Trip series of posts here – a lot of the remaining photos are more personal ones that might not be as interesting to others as they are to me, and I feel like I’ve managed to cover the main places I visited in England (that I have decent photos of, at least).
Have you visited any of these places in London? If so, what are your experiences?