London Day 7: Transport Museum

We still have a few hours to spare before sun down. So, we looked up the London Pass guide for another place to visit to maximize its value.

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We decided to go to the London Transportation Museum since the London Underground will be celebrating its 150 years in 2013.

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London Transport Museum brings the story of London’s transport and its impact on London into the 21st century.

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Horse-drawn omnibus. (more…)

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London Day 7: Stroll Down Victoria Embankment

Upon returning from Hampton Court to Waterloo, Ben decided to take a walk down the Victoria Embankment since it’s nearby. Victoria Embankment is the narrow sliver of a public park, created when the Embankment was built.

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Crossing the Waterloo Bridge to go to Victoria Embankment.

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View of Thames River with Waterloo Bridge in the foreground and St. Paul’s Cathedral in the background from the Victoria Embankment.

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Decorative benches. (more…)

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London Day 7: Hampton Court Palace – Part 5

There are several gardens surrounding the Hampton Court Palace.

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A view of the Privy Garden from the King’s apartment. The Privy Garden is the King’s private garden.

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The Great Fountain Garden. This garden was added by William III and Mary II. Only one of the thirteen fountains survives.

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The large yew trees were planted by Queen Anne. (more…)

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London Day 7: Hampton Court Palace – Part 3

We caught a couple of Tudor characters in the Base Court before entering Henry VIII’s apartments.

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They are actors for the re-enactment of “The Ambassadors Arrive” show at 11:30am.

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The Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace was used for ceremony and entertainments. The Great Hall features a carved hammer-beam roof, typical of English Gothic architecture.

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Extravagant tapestries decorated the walls of the Great Hall. (more…)

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London Day 7: Hampton Court Palace – Part 2

Hampton Court was built in 1514 by Cardinal Wolsey. It was originally built as Wolsey’s riverside country house. Wolsey is an Archbishop of York to Henry VIII.

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The architecture of Hampton Court is of Tudor era with turrets, gables and chimneys.

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Gargoyles decorated the front entrance of Hampton Court Palace. The above is a  dragon gargoyle.

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A Lion gargoyle. (more…)

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London Day 7: Hampton Court Palace – Part 1

Day 7 was the last day for us to use our London City Pass. We decided to venture out of the city to visit Hampton Court Palace which is included in the London City Pass.

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We took the Southwest Train from London Waterloo to Hampton Court. The train ride costs 7.20 pounds one way for both of us. It’s slightly cheaper for return ticket. We made it just in time for the 10:06 train.

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The train was not full. Plenty of seats to choose from.

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The train from Waterloo to Hampton Court takes 40 minutes. (more…)

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London Day 6: Lunch at Yo Sushi

We had lunch at Yo Sushi after the visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral.

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Yo Sushi is a conveyor belt sushi restaurant. Price of the item is color coded by the color of the plate.

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For 2 pounds, one can have unlimited miso soup or green tea. We opted one each.

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We ordered ramen instead of having items from the conveyor belt. The above was Chicken Ramen for Ben. (more…)

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