Saturday, March 28, 2009

Saturday, March 28, 2009, 10:45 am

Yesterday, we opted to take the 49 bus up to Hyde Park first. We stopped by the Royal Geographical Society which had a small photo exhibit of Shackleton's Endurance expedition to the Antarctic. Other than that, there was really nothing there. It's interesting that in London, the National Geographic store at Piccadilly Circus is a much bigger deal than the Royal Geographical Society.

Next a meander through Hyde Park with a stop at the Lido Cafe and then a walk all the way to the Cabinet War Rooms past Buckingham Palace and through St. James's Park.

We spent hours at the War Rooms, really getting our full and avoiding the French school group.

Next a hop on the Tube at Westminster (after a snack at the Tesco Express) to King's Cross where we found the Harry Potter photo op at Platform 9 3/4. There's a lot of construction at King's Cross so they've had to move the photo op but they've graciously put up a sign to redirect the Harry Potter fans.

We walked over to see the exterior of St. Pancras which is quite striking.

A stop at McD's for two more hot apple pies and then got on the 10 bus to make our way back towards Chelsea while taking in the views. A bus transfer to the 22 bus at Hyde Park Corner, a stop at Monsoon to check on the prom dresses and try on shoes and off to dinner at the Phoenix for some English pub food (porkbelly and cottage pie). All pretty good except that they wre out of fish and chips!?!

The weather today is cold and rainy so that combined with the G20 demonstrations has persuaded us to stay in the Chelsea area and not venture too far afield.

No matter, prom dresses await.

1 comment:

rabiel said...

Now that's what I want to hear! The War Rooms and all the history you can ingest (and then some). I hope Rachel enjoyed it almost as much as she did the first time, (hope you enjoyed it too, despite the French school kids... Then again you could practice your French a bit, to be able to talk to Uncle Barry and Aunt Seonaid.
Now on to the Reading Room!!