It was warm and sunny once again. London has brought out its very best weather for us.
After breakfast we caught the 74 bus into Marble Arch where we joined the hop on hop off bus. Our tour took us past various attractions to Buckingham Palace. We got off there and witnessed the changing of the guard ceremony through the black and gold painted iron fence,. We were not ideally positioned and whilst we were close enough to the fence, we were quite a long way from the action and had some parked vehicles inside the grounds obscuring part of the view. I had seen enough after a few minutes but Darlene enjoyed it and saw it all. There was a huge crowd in attendance and a very gruff female guard berating people for climbing up on the fence rails to get a better view.
We re-boarded the bus and travelled past various attractions to the Tower Bridge where we planned to meet Bronwyn and tour London Tower together. It took nearly 2 hours to get there and we needed a lunch stop ahead of tackling the tower. Suitably refuelled we bought tickets and entered as a guided tour was starting. We tagged along. The commentary and guided tour takes about an hour and gives you an introduction then leaves you to explore. It is a walled community of ancient buildings dating back to the 1200s and remarkably well preserved. It is rich in history and truly a top value for money attraction. The crown jewels are displayed in one of the buildings. No photography is permitted in there and a few other sensitive areas. Other than that there is a series of towers around the perimeter and an old chapel where Anne Boleyn’s remains are buried. There is also the former royal residence where Kings and Queens lived for over 500 years. That building is set up as a museum spanning 4 or 5 storeys with swords, suits of armour and various other relics.
We spent around three and a half hours there then we re-joined the bus tour and sneaked Bronwyn on with us. We rode the bus to Trafalgar square and walked to a bar for a few drinks. We met up with David Hudd and went to a restaurant where Bronwyn had won a meal for 4. After tea we walked to Bronwyn’s work where David had parked his car in the basement. The building has an elevator for the cars to get in and out. David kindly drove us past the end of Downing Street. The street itself is blocked off. He then drove us out to Windsor Castle. We got there just as they were locking the gate and light was fading around 9.30pm, but what we saw was impressive. I had reached my limit and dozed on and off in the car both on the way out there and back. A long day with a lot of walking, stairs, good food and wine had taken their toll.