Sightseeing in London

A piece of home – Part 2

Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge

Once we reached Tower Bridge, we treated ourselves to obligatory Starbucks lattes to recharge. We were all in agreement that we were too energised to call it a day. We decided that we wanted to see St Paul’s Cathedral, which is just under three miles from Tower Bridge. Did it put us off that we were about to walk there after walking all morning? Not at all.

With Amber’s hurt ankle and my bum knee, Gareth was the only healthy one leading the rat-pack to our goal. We walked along the busy streets of central London. We took in all the chaos around us and enjoyed every moment. We stopped to look at all of the great buildings and admired that those were once just razed ground. Sometimes in a miscellany of all the architecture, it is fun to pick out your favourite. To think about the effort it takes to build those behemoths, it is truly amazing.

The Walkie Talkie
The Walkie Talkie

We reached St Paul’s Cathedral and it did not disappoint. I found out that on Sunday, the church is open for worship. For some, going to see the beautiful building is purely just to see the beautiful building. For others, it is a spiritual or religious experience and I thought that this was a great sentiment to have the church open for worship. You can read up on their worship times and sightseeing times here.

My favourite part was looking at all of the cherub’s faces on the exterior. Some look sad, some look bored and some look positively frightening. I love looking at the different features, I cannot imagine putting that much detail into any project. You have to admire the sheer enormity of all the detailed work in this great building.

LondonGoing to a religious place is always a big one for me because I have a quiet tucked-away respect for all things spiritual even if I am not one to attend mass or follow any sort of religious paths. I respect the energy that surrounds these places that you can’t explain but just feel. I respect how one can centre their life on one entity. I love going to churches for the quiet atmosphere that seems to settle like a cloud. Everything is quietly serious, and sometimes we need a few moments of quiet seriousness to pray. Even if that prayer is only directed at our inner selves. It is like sealing a completely sacred promise within yourself when you choose this reticent meditation.

St Pauls Cathedral
St Pauls Cathedral

Simply counting the cherubs while I waited for Amber and Gareth to take pictures, was some form of meditation for me.

Once we were satisfied with our walk around, we made our way to the Madison Rooftop Terrace where you can see an outrageous view of London. Everything and anything, there is to see in central  London, can be seen from this chic bar and restaurant.

You can choose to stay and have a couple of drinks. Perhaps you can turn those drinks into a dinner reservation. You may even choose to dance after dinner. Whatever you wish to do, they can cater for you.

They do have a smart dress code but are quite relaxed if you just want to enjoy the view, take a few pictures and leave. If there are few things that could make you fall in love with this city, this terrace view would be one of them. Maybe even at the top of the list.

Rooftop view
Rooftop view

You would think we would have had enough right? Absolutely not!