London with Otto
A Travel Blog for Thirty Something Year-olds.
I’m Otto. Actually that is a fake name. I am 30-something. We travel. We rent our house on AirBNB and work remotely sometimes. This is our anonymous travel blog. Its raw and sometimes funny. I hope it helps you travel. Photos and video shot on an iPhone7 Plus.
St. Paul’s Catedral → Tower of London & Tower Bridge → Big Ben → British Museum → Piccadilly Circus → Seven Dials → Crypt Cafe.
Its hard not to have architecture and history as the focus in a London travel blog.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
The architectural feat of this building, for its time, is amazing. It was the largest building in Europe when it was built. It was damaged during world War II when Hitler’s bombers attacked London.
No picture or video of its interrior does it justice. Why? Because they ban you from taking photos inside. Houdini over here managed a few, but the quality sucked. I need to work on my hidden cam skills.
Bitter and hungry I told the co-founder I didn’t want to pay to go into another Cathedral. That was dumb. As soon as you get inside and look up at the painted dome you are awe struck. Go do it. Plus there are really cool passage ways through the internal bones of the church.
Here is a shot looking up from the front steps of the Cathedral.
The best part is they let you hike up narrow passage-ways and stairwells to stand on the outter rim of the dome.
When you finally reach the top of the dome, having narrowed your way through the rafters of the Cathedral, you are rewarded with one of the best views of the entire City. Here is a panorama looking into the newer part of London from the top of St. Paul’s.
Its a London hallmark. For great views snap some photos inside the Tower of London or from a ferry crusing up the Thames. The shot below was taken from the grounds of the Tower of London (where they store the Crown Jewels).
We hopped on a ferry right next to the bridge for a ride up the Thames. Here’s a timelapse I took on the way up.
This place got a spike in populatiry after the DaVini Code by Dan Brown suggested it might have something to do with the Knights Templar protecting the Holy Grail.
Trust me it does. This image proves it.
While they may have religious services, apparently everyone knows they are really just there to protect the Holy Grail. If you want to wet your lips on the conspiracies you can start with this section of the DaVinci Code.
Don’t get me started on the tin-foil hat level of research and YouTube videos I’ve watched on the subject, cough…like this.
The Seven Dials
This apparently used to be a run-down part of London. Now it has a cool night life with pubs and theaters.
Its called Seven Dials because it has a round about with seven roads shooting off like dials. Great spot to grab dinner and pint after a long day stomping London.
It needs no introduction or commentary.
It really is a bit of a Circus. It seemed to be busy the week we were in London.
The architecture from the inside is stunning. Coolest artifact inside, the Rosetta Stone. Google it.
St Martin-in-the-Fields is an English Anglican church at the north-east corner of Trafalgar Square, London. Its called that because it used to actually be a church out in the fields. There has been a church on the site since the medieval period. The basement crypt is now a cafe where you can enjoy a cup of coffee next to where dead bodies lay, if you are in to that kinda thing. You are? Weird.