Day 1: Arrived in London

After a long bus trip, a long wait at JFK and a long flight we arrived on time at Heathrow Airport. After a quick train to Paddington Station we arrived at our hostel Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage. After dropping our luggage we headed out to explore London! We took the Tube (London Underground) to Westminster and saw the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and explored Westminster Abbey. The Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066 and is the final resting place of seventeen monarchs. The present church, begun by Henry III in 1245, is one of the most important Gothic buildings in the country, with the medieval shrine of an Anglo-Saxon saint still at its heart. As a light rain began to fall, we all felt super tired from the overnight flight so we headed back to the hostel for a hot shower, a great meal at a Japanese restaurant Wagamama and then a well deserved sleep.

Leo in front of Palmers Lodge, our home until Sunday.

Leo in front of Palmers Lodge, our home until Sunday.

Waiting to enter Westminster Abbey

Waiting to enter Westminster Abbey

On Westminster Bridge.

On Westminster Bridge.

Tired after the redeye flight and walking all day.

Tired after the redeye flight and walking all day.

Westminster Abbey  gargoyle.

Westminster Abbey gargoyle.