Our first full day in London! We started the morning with a breakfast of toasted crumpets with butter and jam, scrambled eggs, and fruit. I really loved having a kitchen, though we only ever ate breakfast at the flat.
And then we were on our way! Our first item on the agenda was a bus tour of London. Technically it was a hop-on-hop-off tour, but we opted not to hop off and simply stayed on for the whole loop to get our first glimpse of the city. We got on the bus near Westminster Abbey so when we got back off we'd be well situated for our second stop of the day. When we walked up out of the Westminster tube station, we found ourselves right across from Big Ben. That was a great feeling.
And here we are on our bus tour...
|The Tower of London|
Back off the bus, it was lunch time, so we passed back by Big Ben and Westminster Abbey on our way to get some food.
We ate the Cellarium Cafe, which long ago was a part of Westminster Abbey where monks kept their food. Great ambiance, fine food, but not the best service.
|Thomas enjoying his chicken pie|
|In one of the few places where you can take pictures, here is Thomas and Britain's oldest door|
|Westminster from the outside|
|me and Big Ben!|
When we finished there, we walked across the street to St. James's Park. Of all the royal parks we visited, this was my favorite. It was beautiful and peaceful, hard to believe it's located in the middle of such a busy area of London.
|that's Buckingham Palace in the background|
After leaving the park, we walked past Buckingham Palace. We skipped seeing the changing of the guards during our trip and you can only tour the palace during August and September, so this was our one and only glimpse.
We continued walking, through Piccadilly Circus and down Regent Street to Hamleys, the largest toy store in the world, where we needed to pick something up for a certain little boy.
Hamleys is an amazing toy store. Seven floors with all the different kinds of toys you can think of, jovial workers who play (quite literally) with the customers, amazing Lego creations...
This was one of the nights my feet hurt the most, so it was very nice to get back to the flat and go to bed a little earlier than we did the rest of the week. A great day and a great start to our week!