Tuesday, 2 July 2013


Saturday and Sunday (Days 2 and 3) we had our LondonAlive walking tours around the city. I signed up for the Pub Walk with Dr. Welsh on Saturday. I am writing this post now, since I was gone from my dorm for almost 14 hours that day! Dr. Welsh took us along the Thames and then across Blackfriars Bridge. We stopped to talk about the history some of the different pubs, learned a lot of cool facts, and saw some other great sites along the way. 

After the tour, a group of us went back to try out some of the pubs we had seen.  We went to Ye Olde Cock Tavern, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, and The Black Friar. Cheese was by far my favorite place we have been to so far! We had fun talking to some pretty hilarious gents from a stag (bachelor) party.  From the Black Friar, we ventured over to Trafalgar Square for the London Pride Party which was amazing and so fun. In an attempt to find a bathroom, we ended up at the Sherlock Holmes pub.  There I met a girl from Chicago and her boyfriend from St. Louis! (You can always spot the American counting out their foreign change)... But I tried the Sherlock Holmes beer and got my first official fish & chips of the trip! The walk home was unbelievably gorgeous. It was perfect outside, the Eye was lit up rainbow colors for Pride, and we walked along the Jubilee Bridge and took pictures. 

 These guys make sand art when the tide is low.

 The Black Friar.
 St. Brides Tavern- St. Brides Church by Wren was the inspiration for the first tiered wedding cake.

 The view down Fleet Street.
 My fave pub so far, and Dickens was a regular here. He mentions it in A Tale of Two Cities. 

 The Old Bank of England Pub- this pub is between the site of Sweeney Todd's barber shop and Mrs. Lovett's Pie Shop.  The tunnels and vaults below the building are where Todd's victims were butchered before being cooked into Mrs. Lovett's pies. They are still famous for their pies :)
 The Royal Courts of Justice.
 Yum! Tea! We are going to the main one later on.

 Me @ Pride!
 The guy on the left in the white tee was signing all the words of the performers for the crowd. Very cool.
 Sorry, I'm not sorry about all of these pics. It was too pretty.

 Love Jubilee Bridge.

My fave pic.

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