Warning, there are going to be a lot of stairs today and I do mean a lot. After collecting my London Pass from Leicester Square I headed straight for one of London’s biggest attractions and one I have never been to as a tourist, Westminster Abbey. After my bus going on a wrong side of the river diversion, tourists taking Westminster Bridge to a standstill and the longest security line in history I was wondering how the hell this day was going to help people to fall in love with London. But then I reached the calm echoing silence of Westminster Abbey and all was right with the world.
It’s amazing how many famous bodies you walk over when you visit. One moment I’m staring at the amazing arched ceiling and the next I’m standing on top of Charles Darwin – which was pointed out to me by a helpful volunteer with the entertaining phase “that’s the father of evolution you’re on top of you know”. It was only half way through my visit that I remembered that’s where the royal wedding was held, so of course I stopped marveling at Shakespares memorial and went and walked down Kate’s isle, there are some things you have to do. No time to linger, so after a quick look in the cloisters I headed to St Paul’s.
You can go on about the Shard as much as you want, but for me the best view will always be from the top of St Paul’s. Yes I have a fear of heights and yes all the staircases are wrought iron so you can see how far you have to fall…but it is unbelievably worth it. 528 steps later I climbed through the dome and to the very top of the sky. London you are beautiful beautiful beautiful. Then you get to enjoy the delights of St Paul’s – The Whispering Gallery (always too noisy to actually test it out), the WWII history and if you time it right a song or two as well.
After my legs were a little less like jelly I went to the Foundling Museum. Foundling Hospitals were the start of state care, where abandoned children were raised into useful members of society (because the colonies needed a workforce). It started just with the hospital and demand for it was so great that they created a ‘system’ to show which children would get looked at. This system was three colours of balls and mothers would essentially take a lucky dip, if it was white the child was allowed inside, black they were turned away and red they were placed on a waiting list. The Foundling Hospital also took in abandoned children, and the most moving display was of the tokens that the parents used to identify the children if they ever wanted to reclaim them. To get their children back they would need to correctly identify the coin, jewellery, or little piece of rubbish that they left with their child all those years ago.
A sad way to end day one, so onto brighter sky’s tomorrow!
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