A few weeks ago we visited the gorgeous St Paul’s Cathedral. St. Paul’s is located at the top of Ludgate Hill, the highest point in the City of London. It is a Church of England cathedral, the seat of the Bishop of London and mother church of the Diocese of London.
Before visiting we booked our tickets online, saving around £5. (YAY!) While we were checking out, we were offered the option to make our admission a donation and turn our tickets into a year long pass. Since our family is planning to visit in June, I thought it was a great time to jump on it! There are a lot of historical sites that give this option and I highly recommend it for anyone who might have the opportunity to return.
When we arrived at St. Paul’s I was speechless at the magnitude of the building. It was breathtaking.
Unfortunately, pictures are not allowed inside the Cathedral. It was VERY difficult to abide by the rules because again this place was breathtaking! We opted not to climb the 300+ steps to reach the Golden Gallery at the very top of the dome. I have been told that you can see all across London up there. I decided that was something to share with our family and Trame’s I hope you’re ready!! 🙂 We also picked up a few small items to add to our souvenirs.
*A fun fact about St. Paul’s is that is also the church that Her Majesty the Queen married Prince Philip and Charles, Prince of Wales married Diana.
After St. Paul’s we walked down to Earl of Sandwich to grab a late lunch. Now Earl is one of my favorite places to eat and we usually visit them when we are at Disney World at Downtown Disney. Now for those of you that don’t know how the sandwich came about or have never heard of the famous sandwich shop, here’s a little history lesson…
In 1762, John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, had his hands full, literally. As First Sea Lord, he commanded the mighty British Navy, was a noted explorer, and also a dedicated gambler with a love of day long card games. This led to little time for food, so he came up with the ingenious idea (some say at the card table) of putting meat between two slices of bread. From then on it did not matter if you were fighting a great sea battle or laying down a Royal Flush, you could eat great food without too much fuss. Thus in 1762, the sandwich was named after its inventor, John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich. Now 250 years later, the current 11th Earl and the Sandwich family remain passionate about the world’s most popular quick food that carries their name…Earl of Sandwich!
We ordered our usual favorites and dived right in! It was different than in the states, since they use local sourced food, but still delicious!
After Earl, we continued with our Disney evening and took our first trip to the Disney Store on Oxford street! The store is two stories and filled to the brim with Magical items. We had a great time exploring the store and even had a little fun doing it. It was hard not to buy everything, but we did come away with a few London specific items. We also met a young woman who gave us the scoop on Disneyland Paris! We are hoping our trip to the store holds us over until we head to Paris in the spring to Disneyland!!!