Dream For Three

Madame Tussauds and more

Today we started with a short 30 minute walk to Madame Tussauds, with a stop off for breakfast and souvenir shops (didn’t buy anything yet – we had lots to do today). We also managed to organise Oyster cards for everyone and figure out how the tube works (well, possibly how we get to Westminster anyway).

Madame Tussauds was an interesting place with a large range of wax works, including Star Wars and Marvel. Here’s a few of the ones we saw.

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There was a 4D experience at the end as well as a Spirit of London ride – both very well done. After that we successfully navigated the tube to Westminster and across the bridge to the Eye, Dungeon, and Aquarium. After a quick bite to eat, our first stop was the Eye, which was an interesting experience and a good view of the city – probably not some we would need to repeat in a hurry though.

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Fortunately everything was close, so we headed off to the London Dungeon for some interactive history. DD was absolutely petrified, despite other much younger kids not having any issues with it. There was lots of interesting and good historic information mixed in with visitor interaction. Plenty of shock value, but not a scary experience (in my opinion), which is a good thing.

We were going to head to the Shard and save the Aquarium for another day but, after the Eye we decided that we didn’t need to do the Shard just yet. So we went through the Aquarium, providing DD with some “friendly” images/experiences to finish off the day. The Aquarium is more targeted to younger visitors, but we still managedto fill in about 45-60 minutes. The first encounter was different – walking over a shark tank.

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With sore feet and legs, we made our way back to the apartment (managing to navigate the tube during rush hour), stopping for a quick dinner at Tinsel Town (American hamburger joint). So far we have managed to have several meals here without experiencing the local cuisine or being served by (dare I generalise) a Brit. We plan to have a traditional English breakfast at some stage – probably Saturday, before heading out to Milton Keynes.

Tomorrow we are off to see the changing of the guards, St Paul’s, Westminster Abbey, and a few other places, including a Hop On/Hop Off bus tour around London.

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