Got into Heatrow airport yesterday (7 Aug) just after 9:00am. By the time I filled in my arrival card and got through immigration and customs, the baggage carousel was empty except for my bag. But at least it was there! Then, when I got into the arrivals foyer, I saw all these people holding up signs for greeting tours groups and passengers, but couldn't see a Globus person. Then, after reading my tour book, I realised that being met at the airport was an optional extra, which I didn't arrange. Long story short, I got the Heathrow express train to Paddington station, then walked to my hotel, which fortnately was only 10 minute walk from Paddington station. Checked in about midday, and was advised I was allocated a room with 2 single beds. Fortunately, they changed me to a room on the 21st floor with a queen bed.
That afternoon, went for a walk around Paddington area and took a few photos to get used to the camera. Found I nice pub with a good menu, so decided I would go there for dinner. However, I fogot it was Friday evening, so when I got there after 6pm, it was crowded, as were most other places. Ended up in the sports bar of the Hilton, where I had a few beers and a meal. By 8:30pm, the travel and lack of sleep caught up with me, so I had an early night. Slept very well.
The weather in London has been great. Some light cloud, but temps in the mid 20's.
Today (Saturday), left the hotel at 8:15 for a half day tour with the tour group (30 people on board). Spent an hour at St Pauls cathedral, with a walk through the main cathedral floor and crypt. Then we moved on for a 45 minute walk past St James palace, Buckingham Palace, Clarence House etc. Drove past other tourist attractions, and back at the hotel by midday.
This afternoon, I went for a 3 hour walk, up to Lord's Cricket Ground, St Johns Wood, and the Regents Canal. Unfortunately, couldn;t get into Lord's, and the afternoon tours were already fully booked. But had a great walk. I,m back at the hotel late afternoon completing this blog, and then I have an evening optional tour, being a 3 course dinner at a historic city pub, followed by an evening cruise on the Thames.
The tomorrow, we catch the Eurostar train to Brussells. However, we need to leave the hotel at 7:00am, so for those familiar with bus tours, bags in the hall for collection by 5:45am. So my next update will be from Europe.