Jul 20, 2009

London: Day Four

We started today by taking the train to Euston Station to buy tickets for our weekend journey to Merseyside (which is pretty close to Liverpool). Then we headed over to see the London Eye! The line was ridiculously long so we bought the fast track passes for 27 pounds and only had to wait in line for about 10 minutes to get in. It was worth it! You can see for miles and you get an great view of Parliament and Big Ben. According to London's Where Magazine, the London Eye makes about 8,000 rotations in a tear at the speed of 26cm per second.

Then we walked over to St. Margaret's Cathedral and went inside to see the beautiful stained glass and rich history. I love going into old churches. This one has been around since the 12th century and was re-built in 1486-1523.

Then we went over to St. Paul's Cathedral which is massive compared with St. Margaret's. People come here to have lunch on the steps out front. The church is beautiful. One of the interesting thing's I've noticed is that many of the churches and cathedral's here have cafes downstairs. I'm Catholic so I'm familiar with the concept of "fellowship halls" but I've never seen so many large cafes in the downstairs area of a church.

Then we went to Covent Garden for a little bit of leisurely shopping. Covent Garden is the cutest neighborhood full of little boutiques, pubs and sidewalk cafe's. We stopped in for a beer at Punch & Judy's when we needed a little break from the flurry of tourists. Covent Garden is famous for all the hip boutiques on Neal Street and also inside Neal's Yard but the entire Covent Garden area is filled with shops including Original Penguin, Hugo Boss, Mango MNG, Nike, Miss Sixty, Benefit Cosmetics, MAC, Carhartt (which is a cool streetwear shop here in the UK), Energie, IMSO, Pop (a cool vintage store), Unconditional (a menswear store), Miss LaLa's Bourdouir (a lingerie store), Slam City Skate, G Star Raw, Spex in the City (an eyewear store), Jelly Pong Pong (an awesome cosmetics store) and Fenchurch (a great streetwear store for men and women). This was definitely one of our most favorite places to shop in London!


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