16.02.2006 8 °C
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So we spent 5 days in our nations capital - London - we had a great time - its so true what they say (whoever they are!) you dont appreciate what is under your nose! The 5 days were in no way enough!
So got there Sat night - we were staying in Kennsington - Holland Park Ave and it was a lovely area - according to some Estate Agencies you really dont get much change from £1 000 000 when buying a house!
Travelled everywhere by tube - getting a day pass £4.90 to take us withing zone 1 & 2.
So what did we get up too?
On a wet and rainy Sunday we took the Ordinary Bus Tour (from Oxford Circus) £16 and travelled on it for around 2 hours, taking the yellow route and saw many of the major sites in the capital. The guide had a voice scarily like Chris Evans!! The ticket was valid for 24 hours being hop on hop off and included a choice of 2 Thames boat trips.
On Sunday afternoon we wandered around Covenant Gdn, Chinatown, Soho before heading out to dinner in Belgravia - The Mango Tree - excellent food along with 50% off our food bill!!
Monday - so we were able to head to Buckingham Palace to witness the Changing of the Guard at 11.30am every other day at this time of year. We got to the Palace (Queenie was out!) via St James Park - which was lovely, just in time to witness the army marching along to thier band. Very impressive. The lack of tolerance of the mounted police to the tourists was great - welcome to the UK!
We then visited St Pauls after lunch - which was impressive - lm not good with heights though so l just about made it into the Whispering Gallery (at one point l though l was going to have to stay there - lm not good with heights!) so l didnt visit the domes - but got some pictures!!
After a tube back to hotel it was back to the West End to Picadilly Theatre, 16 Deman St - to see Guys & Dolls starring Nigel Harman (of Eastenders fame) which was brilliant.
Tuesday - Valentines Day! Firstly an excellent trip on London Eye - we prebooked tickets via the web - it was busy as it was half term but queues were quick moving.
Then some pictures of Big Ben & Westminister, before visiting Westminsiter Abbey (£10) l found this fasinating - such history - Queen Elizabeth I tomb, Cornonation Chair. Finally off to Tower of London to wander around White Tower and see Crown Jewels (cost £14).
On the way back to hotel we popped into Harrods to see what all the hype was about - l really couldnt be much bothered at this point - l was suffering sore feet!
But all in all a lovely trip and we really need to go back and see the rest!