The Shard

London (again!)

We had a fabulous week in London in mid November and really got stuck into the tourist attractions. Although we have passed through London many times this year, we hadn’t really seen it. Generously, my Uncle let us stay in his Wimbledon townhouse while he was abroad, so we also got a bit of downtime and enjoyed cooking for ourselves.

Highlights included:
Harry Potter world – we had so much fun exploring the Harry Potter sets at the Warner Brothers Studio. I got sorted by the sorting hat into Hufflepuff (wrong!) and tried some butterbeer!
The Shard – we celebrated our last night in London with a drink at the top of the Shard at sunset, we admired the view as all the lights gradually came on (at 4pm!!)
Churchill War Rooms – we had a fantastic day here looking at the old underground war rooms, as well as the Winston Churchill Museum. I’d just finished his biography, so I found it really interesting. Most of the museum is untouched from WW2, including the map room where we could see all the pin holes tracking enemy/ally advancement. We also fit in visits to the V&A and the Natural History Museum
Changing of the guard – we enjoyed a sunny morning at the gates of Buckingham Palace watching the iconic guards
Harrods – it was my birthday while we were in London, so we celebrated at Harrods with a high tea. I loved browsing through the food hall there too with all the Christmas decorations!