Staying at a hotel near the ExCel exhibition centre, we were in a great location to explore London each day. The beauty of being close to The O2 meant that we had several different types of restaurants to choose from and most importantly lots of delicious deserts to sample. Even though the week was a little chilly, we managed to fit in many of the sights and experiences of London and everyone said that they would love to come again.
We were all brave as we boarded the Emirates Air Line, the cable car that took us high above the River Thames, with fantastic views across London. On the other side of the river we explored The O2 (previously the Millennium Dome). We travelled to South Kensington where we spent the day looking around both the Natural History and the Victoria & Albert Museums. Although the Dinosaur section in the Natural History Museum was probably everyone’s favourite exhibition there were plenty of other attractions that we were able to take in during the day.
We went to visit the Queen at Buckingham Palace, where we also saw the changing of the guard. As always the area was very crowded with many tourists but we managed to find a good place for everyone to see the guards and military bands pass by. We then walked back down the Mall to Trafalgar square and decided to get a bus to Tottenham Court Road so that we were close to the Dominion Theatre, where we were booked to see the show “We Will Rock You”. The show was excellent, everyone liking Queen, and we all joined in with the clapping and singing along to all the well known songs.
We walked down Oxford Street, stopping for a few souvenirs and then into Regent Street where we visited the world-famous toy-shop Hamleys. We walked over Westminster Bridge, past the Houses of Parliament, to the London Eye. Although a couple of us were a little apprehensive of the ride we all got on board and all were amazed at the wonderful views across London.
We strolled around Westminster Abbey and caught a bus to St Pauls, where we took a walk over the Millennium Bridge and made a quick visit into the Tate Modern. Returning to St Pauls we spent a short time inside whilst the Maundy Thursday service was taking place before heading off to Covent Garden for dinner. On our last day we took a drive around London, getting close sights of many of London’s famous landmarks - Tower Bridge, the Shard (Europe’s tallest building), Embankment and the City of London. What a week!