7th September 2015, Monday
Weather was sunny but cool this morning, becoming overcast from midday. Temperature unknown.
Offically, the tour ended this morning after breakfast, and as such, I decided to sleep in till 7:30am. Showered, shaved and had breakfast before realising that I hadn't changed my alarm clock, and I was an hour early. Today I had to check out of the hotel, so at 9:00am I booked my bags into storage for the day. After checking out of the hotel, I walked down to Madame Tussauds, in time to join the queue just in before opening time. The crowds weren't to bad, but once in side, it was difficult to get a clear shot of the models, for all the people taking selfies etc. Also saw a short 4D film about the Marvel super heroes saving Madam Tussauds from destruction from the villain. Extremely realistic 4D.
Afterwards, I went for a walk down Baker Street, then Oxford Street, Soho, Carnaby Street, the treatre district, Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square and Admiralty Arch, seeing areas that I missed last time I was in London. Also, Soho and Carnaby Street have changed dramatically, and are now fashinable malls with good quality food places and fashion stores.
For a bit of trivia, Covent Garden was the site of the first known performance of Punch's Puppet Show in 1662.
By 4:00pm, I was tired, and I still had to pick up my bags, and move to the Thistle Hotel in Kensington, which will be my base for the rest of the week. Caught the train from Charing Cross back to Edgeware Road, then got a cab from the Hilton Metropole to Thistle Kensington. Mr room is not large, but it is comfortable, and I overlook Hyde Park. Dinner tonight was at the Bayswater Arms pub (iconic fish & chips and a few beers).