The West End, St. James’s, & Westminster

We walked about 10 miles that day, wandering through the West End towards Westminster and St. James’s. The West End includes some of the most popular tourist attractions, entertainment venues, and shopping areas, including Covent Garden, SoHo, and Piccadilly Circus.

We do our best not to stand in lines or visit the most cliche sights–not because cliche sights aren’t worth seeing but in the hopes of avoiding crowds and saving time. Having seen these parts of the city before, we skipped out on the usual lingering. However, no visitor to London should ever skip for any reason visiting the British Museum. The structure and space itself–and I suppose all the historical artifacts and art–is worth your time.

Our walk took us through China town, through chaotic Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar square, the Whitehall Gardens to the Thames where we stood face to face with the infamous Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, my most favorite of them all. That night we crossed the river to catch the sun setting behind parliament, and the bright lights of the London Eye as it kept an eye over the city. You could spend weeks in this area of town, there’s just that much to do!

Our highlights:

  • The British Museum
  • Trafalgar Square & Piccadilly Circus
  • Walking along and across the Thames on any given bridge
  • Walking through Chinatown
  • Staring at Westminster Abbey
  • Taking night photos near Big Ben and the London Eye

Flowers for the five victims of March 2017’s Westminster attack.

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