London – Part 2
Our second day in London was much more relaxing than the first day. Thank goodness because I had the worst blisters imaginable on my feet and I couldn’t imagine walking more than we did.
Our first stop was King’s Cross Station to see Platform 9 3/4. You might recognize those names from the Harry Potter books. Students of Hogwarts take the Hogwarts Express from Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross Station every year on September 1 at 11 AM to get to the school. To get to the platform you run through the wall between platforms 9 and 10. Make sure the Muggles don’t see you! 😉
I have very fond memories of reading the Harry Potter books when I was younger (and now), so I was very excited to go here. In order to get to the platform to have your picture taken you really have to go a wall between platforms 9 and 10. You can’t miss it because you will likely see a hoard of people waiting in line dressed up in Harry Potter gear.
The line moves rather slowly because each person gets their picture professionally taken, and they also allow you to take pictures yourself. Add in all the people wanting solo pictures, plus pictures with their friends and family and it can be a nightmare. We got there pretty early and still waited for about an hour and a half.
The professional pictures are expensive, but worth it because you get the little scarf flip. Apparently my scarf flip was so rare that they printed it off as a display. You don’t get to see it though because my face is awful in it. You’ll have to travel to London in order to make fun of it! Stefan’s was pretty good though and this is just a cell phone picture. The professional one is better.
After you get your picture taken they filter you in through the gift shop. Of course, right? It’s an awesome shop filled with all kinds of Harry Potter things. You can get a ticket on the Hogwarts Express, a personalized letter to Hogwarts, t-shirts, wands, and more!
We could have spent a lot of money here. LOTS!
And look at those wands! The shop was adorable.
After we left King’s Cross Station we decided to find some Fish and Chips. They were just ok. We tried them a few times all over the UK and honestly, I wasn’t that impressed. Pretty bland, pretty greasy, pretty boring. I will tell you what food is amazing in London though, Indian Food! Get that. Skip this!
After lunch we went to the British Museum. Stefan really wanted to go here because of the movie Night at the Museum. The museum is free which is surprising for London. How are they going to charge me £20 a person to go into a church, but let me go into this museum for free? Makes no sense.
The museum is huge! You could easily spend a few days in there. We spent all of our time look at the artifacts from Egypt.
A false door. The Egyptians believed that after death your soul could enter and exit through these doors. It was a threshold between the worlds of the living and the dead.
The Rosetta Stone. This was really interesting to see.
We even got to see the mummy of Cleopatra. We spent probably 4 hours in here. Stefan wanted to read everything which was ok with me because the museum had air conditioning.
The museum closed at 5, which we thought was early for the summer. We didn’t have anything else planned so we spontaneously booked tickets to see Wicked in the West End. This was one of my favorite parts of our trip! It was amazing! I highly recommend seeing a show if you are ever in London. If we ever go back I’d like to see a few more. We went back to our room and crashed before our next big day of sightseeing!