Walking London’s West End

May 24, 2011 by    Posted under: Photos, Saving Money, Travel

On my first full day in London, I took a self guided walking tour of London’s West End. It’s an exciting and diverse part of the city with lots of famous sights and beautiful parks. Well, to be fair, just about every neighborhood in London is filled with famous sights and parks, but since this was my first, it truly was exciting. It was a perfect late spring day and we randomly just happened upon President Obama arriving at Buckingham Palace.

Big Ben

The Clock Tower, or more commonly known as Big Ben, is an impressive sight. Did you know he was actually part of the Palace of Westminster? Neither did I, but it’s a huge place and it houses the House of Commons and House of Lords.

Buckingham Palace

A beautiful view of Buckingham Palace from Pall Mall. Because President Obama was visiting today, the street was lined with British and American flags.

For some reason, I thought the guards at Buckingham Palace were going to be stationed outside the gates. I was looking forward to seeing their impossibly straight faces. I was impressed with their stillness though. They didn’t move a hair, as far as I could tell, the entire time I was there. It made me wonder what they think about standing there like statues.

Me in front of Buckingham Place gates! The gates were very impressive. Very royal.

Piccadilly Circus

The famously touristy Piccadilly Circus. It’s pretty much a mad house (think Times Square) here but I couldn’t pass up the photo op. The statue behind me has some interesting stories. It is commonly inaccurately called and thought to be the Statue of Eros. It is, however, really a statue called The Angel of Christian Charity. I was told by my airport driver that the Angel used to be pointing in a different direction and there are, of course conspiracy theories about this.


London’s Chinatown is the smallest I’ve ever seen in a large city. It’s only about two square blocks and doesn’t feel much different than the rest of London. They do, however, have bubble tea, which made up for it’s lack of excitement.

Red Phone Booth

They exist! Real English red phone booths.

President Obama and the Queen Victoria Monument

Yes, this is really a photo of President Obama. My Mother and I walked up to Buckingham Palace to learn that Barak Obama was due to arrive at the Palace shortly. My Mother was anxiously excited to see him and kept asking if I had my camera ready. When he finally did drive by, she stuck her hand up right in front of his face as I took the photo. This sort of incident is par for the course for my Mom.

The statue in the background is the Queen Victoria Memorial and it sits in a courtyard just in front of Buckingham Palace. It has a beautiful moat around it with statues of naked people.

The Appropriately Named Green Park

The first thing I noticed about London was how green it is. Literally, it’s green. There are trees everywhere and sprawling parks just about everywhere you look. This park is appropriately called Green Park. It sits between Piccadilly and Buckingham Palace.

See more photos of London’s sights on Where in the World is Basha’s Facebook page!


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  • Hi! Hope you are enjoying yourself! If you happen to pass a shop called The Cupcake Mum tell the owner hi from me! Her name is Karen and we went to high school together! he he he – safe travels my friend!

  • Thanks Tina! I looked up The Cupcake Mum online – what a great concept!

  • Basha,
    It is so good of you to post all the pictures of London, I love the way you comment on everyone of them. I would love to visit England, but I know in my heart that I will never do it….and your pictures bring England to me. I never realized the British museum was so large…and all the wonderful displays that they have from all over the world is amazing. Keep posting, you are doing a wonderful job.

  • I’m so glad you’re enjoying them, Margaret! It’s amazing to be here and I’m having a great time. If there’s anything in particular you would like me to visit and photograph and describe for you, just let me know and I’ll do my best to get there.

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