Any Peter Pan fans know about the statue in Kensington Gardens. Peter Pan has always been this magical idea to me. I was one of the kids that didn’t want to grow up, but it was more than that. Neverland is an escape, therefore Kensington Gardens, to me, would be a magical place too. However, I didn’t want to disappoint myself, so I assumed it was a plain park and that I’d just go find the statue because I’m in London so why not. I entered Kensinton Gardens by the Italian gardens portion, and it was stunning. Kensington Gardens was beautiful and peaceful, an oasis in the bustling city. I could see how the gardens inspired the story of Peter Pan, and I wish I could’ve spent more time there.

But my plan was to see the changing of the guard after the gardens. First mistake, going on a weekend. Second mistake, not getting there early enough. The crowds were madness. I saw the fuzzy parts of their hats and some red, but that was it. I’ll need to go back to see it again and to tour Buckingham Palace. Unfortunately when I went the palace was closed to the public.

That evening I did what might’ve been my favorite thing in London, a Jack the Ripper tour. I’m fascinated by serial killers and mysteries, so it was very interesting. I went on the Ripping Yarns Tour for around ten pounds. It was well worth it. I didn’t know a whole lot about Jack the Ripper before I went and I’m not sure what I expected “ripper” to mean, but I certainly found out.

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