10 September 2015 Thursday
A sunny day today and warmer than it has been, No jacket needed today.
A leisurely breakfast and departed the hotel about 9:00am, catching the train to Westminster. From there, crossed the Westminster Bridge, turned right and up to Lambeth Palace, then right again across Lambeth Bridge before turning right again to encircle Westminster Palace, which was looking good in the sun.
From there, down to the London Eye, as I had already purchased a discount ticket at Madame Tussauds. Saw a short 4D video on flying above the Thames and London, which was quite good, before doing the ride on the London Eye. Great views from the Eye.
Interesting fact is that the City of London is only small, and only takes in a few city blocks in the financial district. The rest of London is the City of Westminster.
From the Eye, I walked further along the embankment befor crossing the Hungerford Bridge, and making a detour to arrange tonights activity. Then continued along the embankment, past Cleopatra's Needle, as far as the Millenium Bridge, befoe deciding I needed to get back to the hotel and change. During the walk, I even saw a birthday cake being moved up the river Thames!
Cut up to St Pauls Cathedral (took a few quick photos) and the caught the train from St Pauls Station back to the hotel. A quick shower and change, and I was back on the train to Charring Cross. I had earlier found a nice pub near Leicester Square where I had intended having tea, but it, and every other eating place in the area were fully packed, so I guess everyone had the same idea. Eventually found a large burger place where I had a burger and a beer, before making my way to St Martins Theatre to see 'The Mousetrap'. This is the Agatha Christie play that has been playing continuously for 63 years. The theatre was old world, and the play good. The show started at 7:30pm, had a 20 minute intermision, and finished at 9:45pm. Walked back to Charing Cross station, and got the train back to the hotel. An enjoyable evening, although Nicole Kidman was performing in a play in another theatre just a block away. Hope she wasn't waiting for me!!