Our Free Day in London!

Monday was a "bank holiday" which means no one was working, and we spent the day running around London on our own! What a great day!

We've just returned from a day full of riding the underground with a day pass, and that was absolutely the way to go.


We started by walking across the Westminster Bridge to the War Cabinet  Room & Churchill Museum. The bomb shelter headquarters were left exactly as they were found in 1973, and an interesting tour has been fashioned.  That took longer than we planned, so we walked through St. James Park in the drizzle, missed the changing of the guard, at Buckingham Palace and learned that the Leonardo da Vinci exhibit was sold out by noon.   So we walked south toward Victoria Station, decided to duck out of the light drizzle and ate at an overpriced family carry out  near the MUZE Museum. 


We entered Victoria Station, but learned the entire Victoria line was closed, so that required a number of transfers to get to St. Johns Woods and Abbey Road.  We shot our photos of Abbey Road studio and the crosswalk. I felt very satisfied and decided to try something new. We returned to Baker Street and found 221B and the Sherlock Holmes museum. What a hoot!


Sheila wanted to walk south on Bond Street so we walked the length of it. She read of old London in some modern romance novels, and wanted to see the modern day locations. 

 We picked up a tube and got to the British Museum at 4pm and walked around the Egyptian exhibits for an hour, spotting the Rosetta stone, the Egyptian sculptures and a head from Easter Island.


Then we walked south into Soho, but didn't really get there until about 6pm...
We checked out a pub called the Duke of Wellington (turned out to be a gay biker bar) and then skipped the O Bar and settled on dinner at the Scotch steakhouse across from the Arcadia Theater. We decided on seeing a theater show, but it was 7:25 and we didn't know where "Phantom of the Opera" was playing before show time at 7:30, so we walked through Chinatown to Leicester Square and sought the tube, but walked past "Chicago" and paid for an 8pm pair of tickets on impulse.


We got to the tube and discovered I had lost my day pass, so I  bought a one way trip, and we rode without incident on the Northern line to Waterloo station and walked two blocks or so home to the hotel. So all is well.
 

The underground is absolutely the way to get around.
So we had a great free day and all the tour guide's advice on distances, especially to St. Johns Wood was VERY HELPFUL! We feel satisfied that we hit most of the things on our list, and wasted not a lot of time doing it too.  Hooray!

It's now midnight, and I'll attempt to attach some photos and post this blog, but we must be up at 7 and ready to go via motor coach to Windsor Castle for our final day!
 

I hope all the photos and videos are making it through to WTAP alright and can be used on the air as well!

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