I traveled to London, England and had the best experience ever traveling solo.
At first, I was nervous to take this trip but I’m so glad I took the chance!
The following are some of the highlights from my solo adventure.
First up (one of my favorites):
The Shard London:
The shard is the UK’s tallest structure (skyscraper) and it’s the fifth tallest building in all of Europe.
(Here’s a view from the London Tower Bridge)
It’s dubbed “the shard London” because, just like it’s name, this beautiful structure is shaped like a shard of glass.
It’s 95 stories tall and the view from the top is breathtaking.
Construction started in 2009 and doors opened in 2012 (so the Shard is fairly new). It’s home to offices, restaurants, and apartments.
The view from the Shard:
this was one of my favorite experiences because you could see all of London at once and take in all of its beauty!
The Tower Of London:
Home of the Crown Jewels!!
The most BEAUTIFUL diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, pearls, gold, royal crowns, scepters, jeweled out swords and just a bunch of royal history (from generations of the royal families) reside here.
All in one place are the most breathtaking jewels I’ve ever seen in my life.
I was not allowed to take any pictures inside but take my word for it!!
There were guards everywhere protecting the vault Crown Jewels.
The Tower of London was many things over time…
It was a defense tower:
It was a menagerie (zoo) for when the royal family would receive live gifts (animals) from all over the world.
One of my favorite stories was about the pet polar bear that King Charles received and how he would take it to the river Thames so it could fish:
The Tower was also a place of execution; within its walls was the “bloody tower” where prisoners who were sentenced to death would spend their last hours.
London Tower Bridge:
This historic landmark was built between 1886-1894 and is used to cross the Thames River.
The tower bridge gets confused as the popular “London Bridge” all of the time but this Bridge HAS NEVER FALLEN.
In fact it is built with some of the strongest materials in the world.
This Bridge was built because of the necessity of having to cross it everyday for work and other purposes (over 170,000 people cross this bridge everyday).
The steam/ engine rooms were pretty cool to visit.
Once operated by coal and a 100 person team, now a single person is able to operate this Bridge with a few clicks on a operating board.
The view of Big Ben:
Lastly, one of my favorite moments was taking a Thames River Cruise ❣️ and the view of Big Ben!
London is so beautiful at night because everything is illuminated; this cruise was the best way to see all of the lights:
Look at the London Eye!!
I purchased a three day London pass which turned out to be my best investment because I was able to skip long lines (or queues as the British say), avoid pricey entry fees, and receive other types of discounts at over 100 attractions.
<Please invest in this pass if you’re planning on doing any sightseeing in London it’s so worth it!>