Caught at The Airport is spending a few days in London as a visitor of Gatwick Airport,, the airport’s mascot, Gary Gatwick, and a rising listing of latest native mates, a few of whom obtained us out of a sticky scenario. (Extra on that quickly…)
After touchdown at Gatwick Airport and making the 30-minute journey to London’s Victoria Station on the Gatwick Specific we had been ready to absorb some sights earlier than jet lag set in.
The View from Above
With Gary Gatwick in tow, we did what lots of locals and vacationers had been doing on a heat, sunny day: we rode the elevators to the highest of the Shard constructing. It’s the tallest constructing in the UK and the view from the statement flooring on the high is simply unbeatable.
Bonus: guests should buy drinks and snacks up high, get selfies galore, interact in some people-watching, and benefit from the gelato and air con.
The View from the Water
As soon as we noticed the views of the river from above, we wished to see it from the water degree.
The View from the River 50-minute round cruise on the Uber Boat by Thames Clippers made that straightforward.
With a sensible and witty tour information on the microphone, we cruised by lots of London’s iconic landmarks, together with The Shard, the Tate Fashionable, Shakespeare’s Globe theater, St Paul’s Cathedral, Homes of Parliament and Massive Ben, The London Eye, and the Tower of London.
We additionally sailed beneath the Tower Bridge, which simply occurred to be opening to make manner for a bigger boat as we approached.
At one level our tour information requested for a present of arms from all of the People on board. Nobody however me raised their hand. A fast “Do you name it ‘soccer’ or ‘soccer’?’ survey from our information confirmed that this tour has turn out to be fairly fashionable with locals.
The Superbloom on the Tower of London
Day 2 of our whirlwind London tour included a go to to the Tower of London, the city citadel that served as a safe fortress, royal palace, and notorious jail, and is now additionally dwelling to the very carefully guarded Crown Jewels.
Once more, we discovered ourselves mingling with extra locals than vacationers after we headed to the Tower of London to see how the historic moat across the tower has been reworked by a flower show dubbed the ‘Superbloom,’ and planted to rejoice the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.
The flowers could die and fade and die again within the fall, a Superbloom volunteer instructed us. However he additionally assured us that the flowers ought to return every spring for a minimum of the subsequent 4 or 5 years.
Our tour in London additionally took us to the historic floating museum referred to as the HMS Belfast and on an uncommon journey on the underground. We’ll share particulars on each uniquely London experiences, and extra, tomorrow.