Today’s post contains a slideshow that’s a short of mash-up of a few days’ worth of pictures from our trip. I think there are even one or two pictures of London's Chinatown in there. One of the reasons we enjoyed staying in the Covent Garden district so much was it allowed us to walk to most of the major attractions.
Seven Dials, is nestled inside the Covent Garden area but really has a sort of upscale bohemian vibe all its own. This wasn’t always the case, Seven Dials was once London’s worst slum. There were lots of cool one-off shops and restaurants in this area. One of our favorite breakfast spots, 26 Grains was in the "Neal's Yard" section of this neighborhood so we spent a lot of time strolling the streets here. The restaurant was small but the food made up for any feelings of claustrophobia we felt while squeezing beside other patrons.
The London Eye afforded an interesting view but at the price of 37 pounds each (with Fasttrack option), in our opinion, it wasn’t worth the price. The capsule we were in was overcrowded and we had to push through the crowd to get any decent photos. Honestly, the attractions around the London Eye are best seen from the ground. We enjoyed the experience and view from the SkyGarden much more and it was free to get in.
The Tower of London, was a very eirrey place, even from the outside. It was originally built as a castle but ended up being a prison in the 16th and 17th centuries and many unlucky souls were held and tortured within its walls. The raven is forever intertwined in the folklore of the Tower of London. Legend has it, the birds protect The Crown and the tower; a superstition holds that "if the Tower of London ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will fall and Britain with it". In the black and white photo in the slideshow I managed to snap a photo of one of the famous ravens in front of the Tower.
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