We started our first full day in London with a full breakfast at our Hyatt Regency Hotel (aka The Churchill, after Winston Churchill). We had a good night’s sleep, and actually woke up around 9am, which was early for us considering the five hour time change. We had the buffet breakfast in the restaurant on the ground floor, and headed out to sightseeing around 10:30am.
We took so many photos I’m attaching these as a gallery. We first bought our Oyster card, which is like a US Metro card for subway and bus transportation around London. We put down 20 pounds each for the card, and you can add money to the card as needed, keeping in mind there is a daily cap of around 7 pounds each day, so at least the first couple days we wouldn’t go over that.
We walked a short 8 minute walk to the Bond Street Tube station where we bought our Oyster card, and then took the Tube to the Tower of London stop.
Prior to leaving for London, DOS had bought a London Travel pass, which covers some 80 attractions in and around mostly Central London, which we quickly put to good use. DOS bought us a six day pass, which is only slightly incrementally more expensive for each day you add. We used the pass today for both the Tower of London entrance fee, and later for the Tower Bridge entrance fee.
The Tower of London, and the Tower Bridge are both on the River Thames, and the latter is so named due to its proximity to the Tower. The Tower Bridge is not to be confused with the non-similar, but close proximity London Bridge, which is about a 1/2 mile west on the Thames River.
After visiting the Tower of London, we walked across the nearby Tower Bridge, actually both ways as we couldn’t find the entrance to the Tower Bridge attraction. (Hint: it’s on the right side of the bridge, closest to the Tower of London; guess we walked right by it!). This attraction was included with the London Travel Pass, and it includes the original Engine Room, as well as lots of stairs (over 200) up to the top level of the Tower. Fortunately DOS and I discovered the accessible elevator, (which actually anyone can use; there was no line), and a Tower Bridge employee will push the buttons to get you to the top much quicker than you can walk, believe me!
We walked back and forth across the top level, which has one of those “glass bottom” floor that scare the be-jeebies out of me, (there is a small section you can walk across without the glass), but we both braved it and took a few photos.
After walking across the Tower a couple times, we went to lunch at the Butler’s Wharf Chop House, which was a nice restaurant we saw from the top of the Tower, and overlooks the Tower Bridge.
We probably have way too many photos of the Tower Bridge and Tower of London, but they both are iconic places to see and photograph, and definitely worth visiting.
I’m signing off for now, as DOS and I are heading out for dinner at our favorite pub up the street from our hotel, The Three Turns. Enjoy!
Here’s a gallery of some of the photos from our day at The Tower of London, Tower Bridge, and the nice late lunch dining experience at the Butler’s Wharf Chop House, overlooking The Tower Bridge.