Today it’s London on our own. This morning we bid farewell to our tour group and caught a cab to the Gare du Nord train station. There we boarded the 9:13 a.m. Eurostar for London, arriving at 10:39. a.m. From the St. Pancras Station in London we caught an Underground train for Gloucester Road Station, but when we learned it was closed, we detrained at the South Kensington Station and walked the several blocks to the Holiday Inn Kensington Forum. It was there we’d be staying for the next four nights.
After a delay settling in, (as our room wasn’t ready), we hopped the tube again, and by 3:30 p.m. found ourselves in central London at Parliament Square. From there we walked past the statue of Winston Churchill to Westminister Abbey, and then along Birdcage Walk, and Horse Guard’s Road past the Churchill War Rooms to St. James Park. Next we headed back to Whitehall, and then up to Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s Column. It wasn’t far, but we decided that the best way back to Parliament Square would be to ride on one of London’s double-decker buses. That was fun, but we learned the seats aren’t designed for the tall.
Next up was a walk along the Thames to the Battle of Britain Memorial. We were just across the river from the London Eye – the huge observation wheel that Lois and I had used on our previous trip to London to get a bird’s eye view of the city’s landmarks. Sonya and I crossed the river briefly looking for a spot to have supper, but finding nothing open decided to head to the one pub I knew of in London. Near the Thistle Euston Hotel by Euston Station, Sonya and I had a late supper at the Bree Louise Pub. It was an interesting experience, and the beer was good, but I don’t think we’ll be going back anytime soon for the food. All in all it was a fun and interesting day in London. Tomorrow we’re taking a formal tour of the city including St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London. Looking forward to that!