Originally published 6 March 2012
Big Ben in the background. Welcome to London!
We really stormed the beaches today!!!! And it rained most of the day in London.....who would have thought!
After getting up and having a nice breakfast near Earl's Court, we headed UPTOWN! We stopped at a small museum on Arab culture in modern London which Laurie looked through. They were having an exhibition on Adonis and she really enjoyed it. I wandered a bit and came back and picked her up. We took the bus and the tube and went to Picadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, and got out of the rain for a while in a coffee shop off of Trafalgar Square.
Double decker buses are a London mainstay
After we warmed up, it was southward down Whitehall street towards Parlament and all that entails. At this point we went to the Cabinet War Rooms and the Churchill Museum. For me, this was the highlight of my London visit. The museum is without a doubt the best interactive museum I've ever been in. We toured the bunker complex where Churchill ran the English involvement in WW2.......it was simply wonderful!
A friendly bobby lets me sit on his motorcycle for a photo
We left and went by Parlament and Westminister Abbey. We didn't go in to either. Westminister Abbey cost 16 pounds to go in....so we skipped that. But we did take some awesome pictures! We topped this off with a snack of a pasty (a sort of pie...ours was basil, tomato, and cheese) and tea at Victoria Station and after that took the tube to Earl's Court (sort of "our neighborhood") for a pint and dinner. Then back to our closet at the Easyhotel for showers and bed.
Victoria station interior
The Easyhotel is VERY small. Our room is wee tiny. A foot bigger than the bed. But it has been very serviceable for us and for London, quite cheap. 35 pounds a night (about 55 bucks) for a hotel room in a very nice and safe section of London is incredibly cheap. And we didn't come here for the hotel rooms. It worked out well.
Easy Hotel Kensington standard room
Tomorrow morning, we're checking out Harrods department store and then going to Baker Street to catch our bus to Stanstead airport for Edinburgh! Look out Scotland, here we come!
Krispy Kreme....in London no less!!
I'm Bill. My wife Laurie and I love to travel and share our stories. We especially love it when we have been able to motivate our readers to start traveling on their own, and making their own stories.