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SIX DAYS IN LONDON, Part 1: Guest Post by Paige Arnold

By Carolinearnoldtravel @CarolineSArnold

SIX DAYS IN LONDON, Part 1: Guest Post by Paige Arnold

Tower Bridge, London, England

My granddaughter Paige, age 12, spent six days in London with her parents during her spring break and kept a diary of her daily activities (a family tradition.) She has written them up in this blogpost. I am impressed with the number of things they did and the detail of her report. I thank her for her excellent writing! Part 2 will post next week.
My first day in London was very nice.  We rented an apartment near the London Bridge, which is in a very nice neighborhood.  It’s close to the tallest building in the U.K., the Shard. 

SIX DAYS IN LONDON, Part 1: Guest Post by Paige Arnold

The Shard, London's tallest building, was designed by Renzo Piano and is 1016 feet tall

We walked around a bit, and ate dinner at a pub called “The Garrison Public House.” They had some classic English food like mushy peas and fish and chips.It was great food.Before that we walked across the Tower Bridge, which is one of the many bridges crossing the River Thames. 

SIX DAYS IN LONDON, Part 1: Guest Post by Paige Arnold

Fresh juice at the Borough Market

The second day, we went to the Borough Market. It’s a big market with many stands selling a variety of foods such as meat, fresh produce, and baked goods. To have lunch, we went to somewhere called Fish! in the market.There was lots of seating and great food. They even gave me and my dad a napkin and a little bowl of water with a slice of lemon in it, just in case we had greasy fingers from our lunch.

SIX DAYS IN LONDON, Part 1: Guest Post by Paige Arnold

Tower of London

Later that day, we went to the London Dungeons.It was around 80% fun haunted-house-like and 20% historical.It was fun, and there was a water roller coaster in the middle of the tour. They went over many subjects, such as the torture methods, the plague, and murderers.It was very realistic and neat to go through.Also, the tour guides were very good at acting.For dinner, we went to a restaurant named Sartoria.  It was really fancy and the food was super great and rich.The only problem was that it took a really long time for us to leave because they forgot to give us our check.

SIX DAYS IN LONDON, Part 1: Guest Post by Paige Arnold

At the Olympic swimming pool

On the third day, we went to the Olympic complex to swim. They have three pools: a competition pool, a training pool, and a recreation pool.  They are all very nice, and the competition pool has a good depth.Afterwards, I went outside into the enormous park to draw people.  

SIX DAYS IN LONDON, Part 1: Guest Post by Paige Arnold

Climbing wall in park outside Olympic Complex

There was a playground, a climbing wall, and it was right next to a river which had boats you could rent.Right across the river, there was West Ham United.  We spent around 1 hour 30 minutes there, and then went home.

SIX DAYS IN LONDON, Part 1: Guest Post by Paige Arnold

Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theater, London

That night, we went to Wicked, which was playing in the theater district.It’s kind of like the prequel to the Wizard of Oz that shows the Wicked Witch of the West’s backstory.  But, it was shown in a different format, with her going to high school.It lasted about two hours, with a 15 minute intermission in the middle.Before that, we went to an Indian restaurant called Simply Indian.The food there was the best Indian food I have ever tasted, even though it was just this little hole in the wall place on a side street.

SIX DAYS IN LONDON, Part 1: Guest Post by Paige Arnold

High Tea at Sketch

For the fourth day, we went to this place called Sketch for high tea.  It’s a modern restaurant with art posted all around where you eat.They had really nice plates and cups and things that said random stuff on them.  For example, forget about it was written on the bottom of each teacup, ghosts was written on all the teapots, and it’s ok and it’s not ok were written on the sides of the little sugar bowl.  

SIX DAYS IN LONDON, Part 1: Guest Post by Paige Arnold

Egg bathroom at Sketch. Inside each individual egg, forest music was playing.

But the coolest part of the restaurant was the bathroom.  Both the men and the women went through a door; then there was this giant fat egg thing in the middle of two curved staircases. Oh, and the whole bathroom (including the stairs and the giant fat egg) was pure white.The women went up the staircase on the right, while the men went up the staircase on the left.  Then comes the most interesting part.The toilets were inside eggs.There was a cluster of about 8-10 eggs on both sides.

SIX DAYS IN LONDON, Part 1: Guest Post by Paige Arnold

National Portrait Gallery

After that, we went to the National Portrait Gallery.They had a lot of portraits of kings such as King Charles II and King Edward VII.For dinner, we went to a pub called Trinity.They had some very interesting food. My dad ordered whitefish fries, which we thought were deep fried pieces of whitefish, but they were entire fried mini-whitefish!My mom ordered fish and chips, which came with the fish’s skin and scales on.Overall, the food was good. I had a good time.

SIX DAYS IN LONDON, Part 1: Guest Post by Paige Arnold

Old London phone booth


Photos by Paige Arnold and Matt Arnold
Look for part 2 next week. 

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