The view from the hostel
In the morning I walked down to the river Thames and went onto the HMS Belfast which was actually surprisingly interesting. The ship has been turned into a floating museum, so you can see what the ship looked like when it was operating as a war vessel while also having the opportunity to read about some of the histories and stories associated with the ship. The boiler and engine rooms which sit below the surface of the water were quite claustrophobic, and if you aren't good with ladders then this is not an activity for you.
I then went up the tower bridge and shocked a terrified lady by walking across the glass floor as if it was a normal floor. The poor women hadn't even stepped foot on the glass and was already shaking like a leaf. The view from the bridge is pretty cool, even though the Wanganui river is probably a lot cleaner than the Thames. The tour price includes seeing the mechanics behind lifting the bridge as well.
In the evening I participated in a pub crawl which started in the basement bar of the hostel. The participants were mainly Australians which I guess is to expected when the name of your hostel is Wombats.
Friday the 31st I ticked off most of the big bucket list London locations; Buckingham Palace, the St Paul's Cathedral, Big Ben/Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey. I also managed to get my head around the London public transport system which is far less complicated than I had imagined so I was able to avoid walking for miles to reach these destinations.
Saturday the 1st of August (Aaron's 25th birthday) I had a pretty chill day packing and preparing to depart for my topdeck tour the next day. Rode the London eye in the evening as the sun was setting which provided some fantastic views. The pod next to the one I was riding in only had 3 people, a couple and someone serving wine. As expected when they reached the top of the wheel the man dropped to one knee and proposed. It was quite adorable.
Ready for a full on 24 day topdeck tour!