Last Friday we headed to London town to watch the Clipper Round The World Race finish come into St Katherine Dock. The boats were due in on Saturday and Dan had a Clipper team 17 – 18 meeting to attend the day before, so I had some time to meet up with a friend and have a wander around London. It was a nice change to head to London for fun, rather than business.
We decided to tick off a couple of tourist attractions – Churchill War Rooms and St Paul’s Cathedral – it has been a couple of decades since I had previously visited them, so it was good to take another look. As it is the summer holidays, it was also fairly easy to get some discount codes. The Churchill War Rooms were good, you follow a guided audio tour that takes you through the life of Churchill and the purpose of the underground rooms in the war.
You can easily imagine how uncomfortable and close life must have been over that period.
The only downside is the lack of interactivity. Many modern museums and galleries try to get hands on and I felt they could offer a little more of this to help keep visitors engaged.
After the war rooms we headed for an amazing pie and ale sharing board at The Admiralty – yum. If you’re in the area and like pie go and have some, you will not be disappointed!
We decided to walk rather than take the tube and spent the afternoon taking a look inside St Paul’s Cathedral. It is a very impressive cathedral, especially with its awe-inspiring dome. After spotting Nelson’s, Wellington’s and Christopher Wren’s Tomb in the (very warm) crypt, we figured we should probably take on the steps up to the dome.
528 step laters and we made it to the top.
There are 3 levels you can stop off at:
- The whispering gallery – 257 steps up, this runs along the inside of the dome. People look small.
- The stone gallery – 376 steps. This is the outside of the dome. People look even smaller.
- The golden gallery -528 steps and you’re feeling sweaty. Not great for those with vertigo but smashing panoramic views.
The cathedral is beautiful and the views are fantastic, this is definitely worth a visit if you haven’t been. To top it all off, I managed to get a decent step count in for the day – 24,585 – not bad eh?