Much Ado about London

I promised London in my previous post…so here it is! The first and only day I spent in London. I had created a checklist of places I wanted to visit and the expected happened: saw three-quarters of them and also others! All in all, I saw everything I wanted to see. Now, I really don’t remember everything that was on my checklist, so let me just mention those points of interest I saw: 1. Sherlock Holmes Museum 2. London Eye 3. Buckingham Palace 4. Westminster Abbey 5. Houses of Parliament/Big Ben

Madame Tussaud’s did not make my top five list because I heard the lines there are killer, even though I really wanted to see the authentic Madame Tussaud’s, the one that started it all. But due to a stroke of luck, I saw the museum! In addition to the London Dungeon and the Official Beatles store. Our first stop was meant to be the Sherlock Holmes Museum. Michelle and I got off at the Baker Street station and upon exiting, encountered this old fella:

Sherlock Holmes Statue outside of the tube

Sherlock Holmes Statue outside of the tube

We knew we had arrived! There were signs pointing to the right (Sherlock Holmes Museum) and the left (Madame Tussaud’s). Michelle asked me if I had planned on going to the wax museum and I told her that I’d always wanted to but didn’t keep my hopes up because I had heard the lines could take 2 hours. Little did I know, that is only the case during peak tourist season, which December clearly isn’t! We got through within five minutes, the actual amount of time it took for us to walk through the empty roped path. We were offered several package deals, one of which we thought made a lot of sense because we had planned to see the London Eye as it were: we got the Madame Tussaud’s + London Eye + London Dungeon deal. Did we know what the Dungeon was? Of course not! We would find out sooner or later, though… The museum was just like the wax museum back in NYC, bar that I think it might actually have had less wax figures… And it had a scary show! You know, one of those things during which live actors pop out at you and think they’re really creepy and spooky when in reality you just shake your head the entire time all of the sad scared people around you are screaming. Yeah, one of those. Michelle was too frightened to come with me, so I just went myself. It was really pathetic. But loads of making fun time! I almost pointed fingers and laughed at some of the zombies, I was having a blast. 🙂 So of the wax figures we saw, this one got the most “likes” and “comments” on Facebook:

Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig

Let me just tell you this before you see all the other pictures: all of those bastards they call wax figures were about two inches taller in wax form than in reality. And I was wearing flat shoes. So before you go labeling me a shorty, please take that into account. Thanks. On to Sherlock Holmes Museum! It was legit. Well, as legit as a fake detective’s house could be, I suppose. Guests are greeted by a guard at the door (although I’m not sure if Sherlock actually had a guard). The house is…err…four? levels tall and full of wax figures and Holmes’ objects from Conan Doyle’s narratives. Admittedly, some of the figures were really creepy and meant nothing to me because I haven’t read enough of the books to recognize them all. My favorite part of the house was on the second floor, where there were two big chairs set up in the living room, with two hats, a pipe and a magnifying glass. Michelle and put the hats on and grabbed one object each:

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Walking back to the Underground from Sherlock’s house, we stopped in the official Beatles store, where I got my first (and so far only) Beatles shirt! You can believe I was super pumped. Our next stop was Green Park. Michelle and I planned to walk from there to most of our other points of interest for merely sightseeing purposes. So here’s the checklist: we took pictures of the Buckingham Palace, Queen Victoria Memorial Statue, Westminster Abbey, statues of famous/respected men in England, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament. We were about to walk in to Westminster Abbey when we saw the ticket prices and valued our purses slightly more. Before getting on the tube again, we made sure to take pictures inside of the phone booths! Here’s my fave:

Peeking out...

Peeking out…

And here we made it to the London Eye, the world’s third largest Ferris wheel. Before we boarded the wheel we took photos in their studio (which I haven’t scanned yet so sorry…) and went on our merry way! The view from the wheel was incredible… I have pictured it! This is us hehe:

On the London Eye!

On the London Eye!

Our next adventure consisted of the London Dungeon. THAT WAS A TOTAL DISASTER. I attempted to understand what it was before we got there by reading my guidebook, but it served me no purpose at all. It used very deceptive language making me think that it was a real dungeon and that it was somehow stock-piled with useful historical facts. In fact, it was a joke. It was like a haunted mansion, but filled with actors enacting stories and engaging the audience by scaring them. There were also three amusement rides that were too quick to be real–in other words, a total waste of electricity and space. Can you believe that one of them was a water ride? Super silly. Oh and we were stuck there for ALMOST TWO HOURS. What sucked the most is that Michelle hates scary things, so she would lean on my shoulder and hold on tightly to me. Neither one of us enjoyed this horrible experience. Word to the wise? Avoid the London Dungeon at all costs.

My cousin Lena wanted to take Michelle and me out but she didn’t know where. She asked one of her girlfriends about a suggested club and that one turned out to be a flop. So we ended up at a club that was too good for us–everyone there was at least 35 years old! And coat check was free. Yes, it was that classy. We did not fit in to the social schematic in the least bit, but we still had a lot of fun. We took a couple of silly-willy pictures, one of which I uploaded to the gallery.