Intro to London 2016: To See a GOAT on Grass
American Airlines Business Class Chicago (ORD) to London (LHR)
Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire Leicester Square
The May Fair Hotel
Buckingham Palace and Changing of the Guard
St. Pauls Cathedral
Tower of London and Tower Bridge
Dining in London
Brexit, London Street Scenes and Red bus tour
British Airways Business Class London (LHR) to Chicago (ORD)
St. Pauls Cathedral
Wife,baby and I decided to stop and check out St. Pauls Cathedral. During our visit, there were some free tours being offered. We decided to take the “great fire of 1666” tour. The tour took us around the entire outside of the church and after making it around the exterior took us in the basement/crypt and back up to the main ground level. The nice thing about the tour is it was just us and one other lady who was from Arkansas.
Our tour guide was a nice local woman whom was of course very knowledgeable about the cathedral. She had some photos of the church before the great fire and some photos after and stories on how it was rebuilt and how much it cost. The area on which the church was built was a major center for Londoners at that time.
We walked around the exterior and she showed us the outline of where the old church stood. The old church had a very tall steeple which fell off due to a lighting strike.
Afterwards we went downstairs where plenty of very important people are buried, entombed and monumented. The head architect to St. Paul’s Cathedral is buried under the first stone laid in the Cathedral.
The church was strikingly beautiful. There was an upstairs rotunda in the dome of the church. We actually decided to walk up the stairs with baby in hand. Towards the top the stairway narrows down very tight before you are out on the rotunda in which you could look down on the main floor. I was sort of nervous from the heights so I stayed away from the railing while my wife took our baby around the balcony.
The cathedral has hosted numerous important events including the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1981.
Overall our visit was interesting, informative and entertaining! It is well worth a stop on a trip to London. If you have the chance try to take some sort of guided tour that they offer as it really helps you understand the story behind the building and the history of the church.