London April 2012 Part 2

After my family and I finished familiarizing ourselves with London via bus tour, we decided to take it easy and go to the tourist sites that were a bit less historical/cultural, and a bit more “pop culture”.

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Waiting by the bus stop wearing an outfit that seemed to match the colors of London’s streets and buildings. Brown, red and black.

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When in London, try Pret a Manger. It’s a British chain that offers ready-to-eat sandwiches, etc. Absolutely perfect for people on the go, and for tourists like us who don’t have a lot of time to waste. Grab ‘n go!

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I’d be happy if our street signs here in Manila could look like this one day.

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Finally, BAKER STREET!

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Shot from outside the Sherlock Holmes Museum.

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You can’t miss this place if you’re a fan of Sherlock Holmes. You can go inside to buy all sorts of Sherlock goodies, and take pictures of every single corner in this apartment. I can’t fully describe it with any other word but cute!

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The loveliest hand-painted Sherlock Holmes chess set and figurines. Insanely pricey, but I guess Holmes fans wouldn’t mind shelling out extra pounds for something as precious as this!

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The iconic (fictitious) living room! Sherlock’s and Dr. Watson’s hats were free for visitors to try on for photography’s sake, and coincidentally, my twin brothers wore outfits that matched the colors of the hats!

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Warm colors and dark wood. 

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Flowers by Sherlock Holmes’ living room window.

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Sherlock Holmes’ violin.

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Dr. Watson’s things. I swear, everything in this place was so photogenic.

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Even the bathroom on the top floor looked straight out of an old movie.

I have a lulzy story to share about this fake bathroom though! –

“Like the London Dungeon, there were lots of exhibits at the Holmes Museum, but it wasn’t like an amusement park so it was really boring. The building was set up and decorated as if Holmes was living there, but all you could do was have a look around. In my travel guide it said that the toilet there was a must-see, so I peed there (laugh).” – translated from L’arc~en~ciel’s hyde’s Adventures in London (1997).

Oh, hyde

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Sherlock Holmes’ door.

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Something I was able to randomly spot while walking in the streets. War of the Worlds!

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After the Sherlock Holmes Museum, we headed to Madame Tussauds, a wax museum known for the wax versions of popular political and royal figures, celebrities, musicians, etc.

Miley and Daniel don’t look much like themselves here, but it’s interesting how they’re grouped in the same area in the museum.

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Kate Winslet and Colin Firth, two amazing English actors!

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Brangelina. Angie doesn’t look like herself, but it’s amazing how they even got her tattoo down pat. 

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Wax versions of the Beckhams. Just as flawless as the references!

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My love, Johnny Depp. I quite like how he’s presented as Jack Sparrow instead of himself in this museum. You can’t see all the outfit details properly in this shot, but if you’re a fan of PotC and all the original costume designs, this figure is definitely something to spaz about.

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Queen Elizabeth looks so real! 

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And so do Prince William (That hair… or the lack thereof) and Kate Middleton (That dress…)!

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One of my personal faves from the museum: The Beatles. George Harrison looks hot and John Lennon looks squishy and adorable. Who’s your favorite Beatle?

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Hey I heard you were a wild one! 

This was one of the creepiest wax figures in the museum. It’s like those horror movies where they wax people alive and pass them off as statues. 

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The weather was suddenly cooperative after Madame Tussauds, so we took a bus tour again to be able to take proper pictures of some of the must-see tourist spots.

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This is St. Paul’s Cathedral, London’s tallest building for about 200 years.

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View from the front of the cathedral.

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Spotted a model in summer clothes when everyone else was wearing winter/spring coats. Couldn’t imagine how she was able to survive walking around like that in the cold!

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Union Jack on a cab.

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I wonder if the construction in this place has already finished by now, in time for the Olympics. If anyone is particular with this area, let me know how this ended up looking like!

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My messy wind hair was surprisingly normal there. Spotted a few girls who even looked like they haven’t combed their hair in a week! So ideal.

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A guy playing bagpipes in front of the Tower of London.

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Interesting sock detail. Found out just now that these are called “kilt hose flashes”.

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Shot from a cruise that we spontaneously took just before sunset. We took the boat from the Tower Millenium Pier.

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Tower Bridge, one of my favorite bridges in London!

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London Bridge, of nursery rhyme fame.

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Blackfriars Bridge. The north end goes to the Inns of Court and Temple Church. The south end goes to the Tate Modern and the Oxo Tower.

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One of the three Cleopatra’s Needles. This is the pair of the one in New York. A separate one stands in Paris (more pictures of that in my Paris post!).

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A closer photo of the London Eye, with clear skies in the background.

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After the spontaneous cruise, we decided to walk around to different places before heading to West End for Les Miserables.

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Pretty building details.

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Such a romantic setting! Spotted a lot of couples making out and holding hands. <3

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I want her shoes!

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China Town! My dad was craving for Chinese food and we were all kind of missing eating rice, so we had a basic eat-all-you-can dinner at a Chinese restaurant.

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Queen’s Theater. Opened in 1907!

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View from inside the theater. We watched Les Misérables, one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history. It was so wonderful I got teary eyed at some parts! Definitely a must-see while you’re in London. I wish I had more time to watch the other shows, but at least I got this one out of the way already. I’ll definitely make sure to watch the rest the next time I visit! 

Next up: Windsor Castle, City of Bath, and Stonehenge!