Hakuna Matata

Our last two days in London were awesome! We started our final two days by going to the Tower Bridge and taking the elevator to the top to see the exhibition there. They had an exhibit about Olympic cities…Europe seems to have been pretty over-represented!  We also checked out the engine room below before heading over to Harrods for some good old fashioned coveting.  For those who don’t know, Harrods is a “luxury store” which basically means everything is crazy expensive…and super fun to look at.  It’s also the sort of place where one doesn’t just spray a perfume tester unless you want to get trapped discussing your scent preferences with a salesperson wanting to “match the perfume to you”!  (Unlike my backpacker’s trick of trying perfumes at duty free shops, chemists and other places…it’s nice to smell nice sometimes!)


Tower Bridge


In the engine room


Why yes, I have a spare £8000 for a dollhouse!


This lamp would look great in our house!


Reubs and a Harrods bear


Just down the road from Harrods is the Victoria and Albert museum, a huge museum that offers free 1 hour tours. These are such a great way to get a taste for a big museum without getting overwhelmed. One of the coolest things we saw was the giant “Casts Room” – here they have made plaster casts of famous stautes and relics so that they can be studied more.  Very impressive!


Plaster cast


That night, we headed off to see the Lion King. We managed to find “reduced view” seats cheaply – and if we leaned forward, our view was perfect. Score! The musical was awesome – vibrant, colourful and with lots of fun songs.


The Lion King


On our last day, we took a train to Greenwich and went aboard the tea clipper “Cutty Sark”.  This has just been renovated and reopened this year – it was interesting to look around but didn’t have as much information or displays as the SS Great Britain in Bristol. (No dress-up clothes either!)


The Cutty Sark


Karen at the helm


After the Cutty Sark, we walked up to the Observatory to stand either side of the Prime Meridian.  You can pay to do this or you can go to the little known free site just to the right of the gates…we chose the free site!


Reubs at the Prime Meridian


We then headed back down the river by boat to the London Eye, where we watched the sky turn dark and the lights of London come to life.


A London eye capsule


Us on the London Eye


The London Eye


Go on…sing along…you know you want to…     HAKUNA MATATA!



4 Comments Add yours

  1. Kate says:

    Glad you had such a great time in London. There are so many awesome things to see and do there.

    Harrods is ridiculously expensive, but I’m pretty sure you can buy absolutely everything there. And that does look like a pretty amazing dollhouse 😀


  2. hayley says:

    I was gonna say, could you grab us that dollhouse 🙂


  3. Lachlan says:

    I’ve got a picture from 1997 of me striding the Greenwich Meridian at the very spot where Reuben is standing!


  4. Mum Bunn says:

    London looks amazing — as always! And you two are equally amazing in how much you fit into your days. Such intrepid travellers… seriously, you should make your own TV series.


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