It's Just Those Rainy Dayz

Our second day in London was just as rainy as the first. Regardless of the weather, we still got to enjoy a few of the sights thanks to our friends, Steve and Lisa. They graciously took us around east London for a 'non-touristy' experience of the city. The fact that it was a Sunday also worked out well in our favour since it felt like we had the place to ourselves.  

 Just hanging around under the umbrellas. 

Just hanging around under the umbrellas. 

The tour began with a walk through downtown where we got see some infamous street art along the way. This led us to the Columbia Road Flower Market.  Despite the heavy rain, the area was packed with locals buying some beautiful flowers.  From there, we walked to Dennis Severs' House, inside we got to experience a recreation of what a 18th Century home would look like.  Unfortunately we couldn't take any photos inside, but it was a great way to experience a piece of London's past.  After the history lesson, we strolled through London's core, walking past some iconic buildings such as The Gherkin, The "Cheesegrater" (yes it looks like cheese grater), and the Lloyd's of London.  Of course Julian couldn't resist capturing all the buildings from every angle.

 The Gherkin

The Gherkin

 The Gherkin and St. Andrew Undershaft

The Gherkin and St. Andrew Undershaft

 Willis Tower and Lloyd's of London

Willis Tower and Lloyd's of London

 Leadenhall Building (The Cheesegrater)

Leadenhall Building (The Cheesegrater)

Just around the corner was Leadenhall Market, a market which dates back to the 14 century.  For those Harry Potter fans, the area became the The Leaky Cauldron and Daigon Alley for the first film.  You would have use to your imagination if you saw it in person or maybe a lot of CGI in this case.  

From the hall, we navigated London's alleys where we got to see the Royal Exchange Building/Bank of England, a street market, and Brick Lane which is known for being a vibrant art and fashion area of London, which you could definitely tell by the beautiful art and graffiti covering the building walls.

 Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall Market

Royal Exchange Building

 Street market at Sandy's Row

Street market at Sandy's Row

With all that sightseeing, our stomachs were beginning to rumble and since it's a Sunday, we got to experience a traditional British Sunday roast.  What is a Sunday roast you ask? As the name suggests, it's a delicious meal served on Sundays consisting of roast beef, potatoes Yorkshire pudding, veggies and gravy. 

 Our very first Sunday roast at The Princess of Wales Restaurant

Our very first Sunday roast at The Princess of Wales Restaurant

 Primrose Hill with a panoramic view of London

Primrose Hill with a panoramic view of London

The final stop with our local guides was Primrose Hill where we were rewarded with a spectacular view of the city.  After saying our goodbyes with Stephen and Lisa, we took some time to explore King's Cross Station, home of the infamous Platform 9 3/4 which any Harry Potter fan can appreciate.  To finish off the night, we decided to checkout the Udderbelly Festival, a unique venue on the southbank of London known for having it's theater shaped as upside down purple cow.  Pretty clever eh?

St. Pancras

King's Cross Station

 The concentration on Julian's face.

The concentration on Julian's face.

 Udderbelly Festival

Udderbelly Festival

 Golden Jubilee Bridge at night. 

Golden Jubilee Bridge at night. 

 Night time views

Night time views