Walking from Somerset House to Tower Bridge
London can be really unpredictable when it comes to weather, bu we were lucky to be able to enjoy some sunshine on the cold winter day we visited it in January.
We started our day from the beautiful Somerset House which also has a skating rink inside its courtyard.
After some people watching and enjoying the beautiful views from the Somerset House to the River Thames, we continued walking towards the Tower bridge along the route I originally discovered from one of Rick Steve’s books. What I liked the most was learning about the Great Fire of London in 1666 that destroyed 13 000 houses just year after the Plague in 1665 which had already killed a lot of people. Interesting places to see along the Fleet street is Prince Henry’s Room which survived the fire, as well as the most famous of the many churches built by Christopher Wren after the fire, the impressive St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Visiting Tower of London
After enjoying some warm soup for lunch it was time to continue our sightseeing. I’ve typically only admired the Tower of London from the outside as it is so expensive to visit, but this time we could not resist taking a peak inside.
The first parts of the Tower of London were built on early 1000’s and its history includes several sieges and building of additional towers. In the 16th and 17th century it was also used as a prison for many famous British people, such as Elisabeth 1. It has also been a home to tigers, lions, polar bears and many other exotic animals received as gifts by the royals from the 1200s to 1835!
When visiting the Tower of London you learn about the history by stepping into the old prisons as well as the torture chambers, walking around the old court yard where the royals use to spend their time, and seeing the precious crown jewels.
The Courtyard also offers a nice view of the Tower Bridge, my favorite bridge in London. For some reason I find myself visiting it every time I’m in London!
Dinner and Musical
For me, it would be hard to imagine visiting London without going to a musical or stand-up comedy. Compared to the performances in Finland, the quality of the performances in London is just so much superior.
But before the entertainment, you of course need some food!! As we’d had a long day sighseeing and the show was already starting at 7pm, we opted for a restaurant near the show. This time, it meant enjoying some tasty cheese fondue and charcuterie at the wonderfully decorated winter garden of the Dalloway Terrace. Very highly recommended especially for the atmosphere, and the fondue was perfect on a cold day as well.
Given musical ticket prices can be very high, I always look for discount tickets. For information on how to score one, check out the Time Out’s guide.
And, if you don’t like musicals or feel the prices are a bit deep even with discounts (which they are), another good alternative is stand up comedy. Near Piccadilly Circus there’s plenty alternatives, such as The Comedy Store.