Planned for a reasonably early start today to head into London, ride the London Eye and have a look around. The second part worked OK but I finally caught up on some sleep and was one of the last awake. No worries, still plenty of time. A short walk to the station and our first trip on the London Public Transport and the famous Underground as well. If you look at where we went, be warned, the Spot does struggle a little with satellite reception while underground.
First up, on the the Eye for a different perspective of seeing the city. Beautiful clear day and a great height from which to view the city and its landmarks.
After the Eye it was a break in the Jubilee Gardens listening the the buskers and watching the "statue" performers entertaining the crowd. From there we headed round past the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Churchill War Rooms, St James's Park and the lake therein. The lake has a family of pelicans that are descendants of the birds gifted to England by Russia over 250 years ago. The park also still has the original Bird Keeper's cottage.
Then on past Downing St and the Horse Guards Parade ground to The Mall and through Admiralty Arch and into Trafalgar Square to Nelsons Column. The Mall is the wide tree lined street that runs from Admiralty Arch to Buckingham Palace and is the one you always see the royal parades travel on ceremonial occasions.
A lunch stop at a cafe near Pall Mall, a walk to Piccadilly Circus then making the mistake of wandering into the seriously big Hamleys toy store, the oldest and largest toyshop in the world, originally established in 1760 and on the current site since 1881, to take the opportunity to spoil those grand kids. After letting the kids wander about there for about an hour and a half more that we should have, it was back on the underground for what was a much more crowded, standing room only train trip back to Ealing.
Late enough to also spoil the grown-ups, we headed to a local, "The New Inn" for dinner then home to get two very tired children into bed. The grandparents weren't much better.
A few more photos today having been around some of the famous landmarks.