Dream For Three

A day full of stairs

We headed out earlier, aiming to get to the Marble Arch to join the Hop On Hop Off bus. The plan was to go through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, but we were a little late leaving so we decided to skip that. However, we did stop for breakfast at Cafe Diana (across from Kensington Palace), which was a traditional English breakfast (served by middle-eastern people). In fact, so far we have eaten in many different places but not yet been served by an English person.

Heading down Bayswater Road we were approached by a lady from The Original Tour asking if we were hopping on the bus which had just arrived – we were surprised because (apart from looking like tourists, there was nothing to suggest we were getting on). So it turns out that we can join the bus tour at any stop. We purchased tickets to St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London, as well as picking up our Thames Cruise tickets.

Next stop was Trafalgar Square, where we confirmed the start point for the Changing of the Guards walking tour and then got some water. The walking tour was great, with some good vantage points and marching/running alongside the new guard as they went up to Buckingham Palace.

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Returning to Trafalgar Square we stopped for lunch at Pret A Manger before rejoining the bus tour, heading to StPaul’s. We weren’t allowed to take photos in the cathedral, but we climbed the 528 steps right to the top and got a few snaps from up there. Those winding narrow iron stairs at the top are a real challenge. We stopped at the Whispering Room as well, but there were too many people and too much buzz to tell if it works.

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Joining the bus tour again we headed to the Tower of London. We were going to walk across Tower Bridge, but missed the stop before it. However, we probably weren’t really up to that walk. We went around the tower walls (more stairs) before joining the relatively quick moving queue to see the crown jewels. Again, unfortunately, no cameras were allowed.

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We then took our Thames Cruise down to Westminster pier, but decided not to go through Westminster Abbey due to a lack of energy. We rejoined the bus tour and went to Hanley’s toy shop (five floors) in Regent Street. Since it was late night, we looked for somewhere to eat (but we weren’t really up to more shopping than that). We tried Jamie Olliver’s Italian restaurant, but it was going to be a 20-30 minute wait, so we headed down to the Jamie Olliver Diner instead. Finishing that off we dragged ourselves back to the underground and then the 10-15 minute walk back to the apartment. At that stage weall crashed out almost immediately.

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