Shearwin's in Europe 2015 travel blog

Last night's late finish did not make for an early purposeful start to the day and it was 1000hrs, having spoken to Nicole & Leighton, before we departed the hotel.

Our first move was on the 74 bus to Hyde Park; very slow due to the heavy traffic and confirming of my decision not to take the Hop On/Off bus tour in this very busy city.

We walked via the Wellington Arch and the Australian War Memorial to Buckingham Palace where the crowds were gathering for the daily mounting of the guard at 1130hrs. Following the parade, which was difficult for the large crowd to view effectively, we continued our walk to the St James Park Restaurant for coffee and cakes for breakfast. Our next stop allowed Jan to visit Churchill's Museum and the Cabinet War Rooms while Kaye and I explored areas we had not visited before. We next took a break at the Westminster Pub while Jan visited Westminster Cathedral. Following a G&T break after her visit, we walked on to view The Parliament, Westminster Bridge, Whitehall, Downing Street, The Horseguard Barracks and Trafalgar Square.

A helpful young lady, directed us next to the Embankment Station to catch the underground to Castle Hill to visit the Tower of London. We toured the castle, visiting the Crown Jewels exhibitions, listening to the audio presentation of executions undertaken at the tower and the armaments display in the White Tower. The history of the tower is well documented and worthwhile.

It was close to closing time and being so close to London Bridge, we undertook the challenge to cross the bridge and find a restaurant for dinner. We settled on an obviously popular bar/restaurant, ABO Butler's Wharf, and all ordered the fish and chips plus the obligatory bottle of wine; another enjoyable dining experience.

The sky was darkening as we left to walk via the newly developed More London Estate to London Bridge Station. The Estate was packed with people who were outdoors enjoying possibly the best sunny day in weeks. Young professionals appeared in the majority. It was an attractive and exciting area less frequented by the average tourist.

The train to Gloucester station involved a transfer at Westminster which appears to have under gone a major structural change. The design and engineering of the station was very impressive and mechanically attractive.

We were back in our room by 2030hrs, quite exhausted and looking for an early night.

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