Greenwich Royal Observatory
The journey towards Greenwich Observatory combines between underground station and bus. We arrived about 10 am, but it was gloomy it felt like 6 am in the morning. In the complex, there are National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory, and Queen’s House & Cutty Shark.
Yes, the term Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) which usually used as a referral for civil time standard was taken from this Beautiful City of Greenwich. Although GMT is now replaced by UTC (Coordinated Universal Time), some countries including UK and its commonwealth still using GMT (Indonesia is GMT+7). The use of GMT term can be traced back to 19th centuries. At that time, UK maritime grew advance and mariner used chronometer (timepiece to measure time of known fixed location) on Greenwich Meridian to calculate their longitude. Greenwich Meridian by convention was considered to have a longitude zero degrees, therefore mariner calculate their longitude from Greenwich Meridian.
Before heading to the Greenwich Observatory, we passed Greenwich Park which immediately made my heartbeat stopped. It was this pedestrian way flanked with trees on which grows pink flowers that when we passed by was fell out by the wind blows and decorate the road with it. I felt like I was in the set of pride and prejudice movie =)
After exploring the museum, we went out towards Greenwich Pier (where the Thames River boat cruise departs). On the way there, we saw this giant ancient ship which is known as Cutty Sark, a clipper ship built on 1869. It was the last to be built and the fastest. The name Cutty-sark was picked from a nickname of a witch character of British poem. It had been sailing to China and Australia before it aged and parked in Greenwich for educational and historical purposes.
Thames River Boat Cruise
Tower of London
Warner Bros’s Harry Potter Studio Tour
Going to Warner Bros studio took about 1,5 hours. We went to Euston Rail Station, Hopped On London Midland towards Northampton and then stopped at Watford Junction to walk to Watford (Herts). Then we took Watford Junction Railway Station and after stopped on the fourth stop. And that wasn’t it, we then took Bus #311 (the bus has Harry Potter picture on it – Big time!) which directly dropped us to the studio. We knew we were on the right direction since there were so many children along the way (Ha!).
To follow the tour, you need to purchase the ticket in advance. We bought the ticket online and exchange the online ticket on the entrance gate. For Harry Potter fanatics, visiting this place must be heaven for you, there were so many things harry-potterish. We went into Hogwarts dining hall area, the dormitory where the Griffindor fellas sleep, Dumbledore’s office, and they even had Mock up of Hogwarts Miniature you can hop on and pretend that you were on of them. It was such a great experience.
3 hours is considered average when you visit the Studio. The area and the exhibitions were vast and vary you don’t want to miss every single detail that the studio offers. Needless to say, it was one of experience you should have in London (especially if you are a fan of Harry Potter, but hey, who doesn’t ?) 😉