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London, 2015


After our cruise, we spent 4 days in London. We walked, a lot. On the day we arrived, we went to the Embankment and strolled over the bridges. Great views all around. In the evening we had a nice dinner in Devonshire Arms pub, which dats back to 1852, where we had some really fine food — and local beers.

On Wednesday we had a tour of the Royal Garden Gallery, some really fine old masterpieces showing gardens of old. Then we toured the State Rooms. Quite amazing to see the same rooms and settings as we see on the news during state visits! After dinner (Da Mario’s, a family owned Italian restaurant), we took off again to the Parliament buildings and Big Ben. Tried to take some nice shots, but it was rainy so picture opportunities were limited.

Thursday started with a walk to Kensington Palace, current home of William and Kate (no, they weren’t there). Then a walk through Kensington Park to Harrods, looking at some seriously expensive items. Later in the afternoon took the Tube to St. Katharines dock, a complete boat dock right inside the city of London. Some more Tower pictures, and we went back to the Embankment and crossed to the South Side, found a rather unique new restaurant called “La Paine” before heading home and starting to pack.

All in all, we lucked out with the weather, only had a short drizzle to damped our walking.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

Entry into Kensington Palace

Entry into Kensington Palace

Gardens at Kensington Palace

Gardens at Kensington Palace

Prince Albert Monument

Prince Albert Monument

Detail word at Prince Albert Monument

Detail word at Prince Albert Monument

Fancy railing (Prince Albert Monumentl)

Fancy railing (Prince Albert Monumentl)

Harrods

Harrods

Seafood at Harrads

Seafood at Harrads

Pub inside St. Katharines Docks

Pub inside St. Katharines Docks

City Hall and the Shard

City Hall and the Shard

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

Tower of London

Tower of London

Parliament and Big Ben

Parliament and Big Ben

The Eye

The Eye

Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria

  1. Linda Romeike
    August 15, 2015 at 6:15 am

    I’ve heard London is a wonderful and very walkable city. Which hotel did you stay in and would you recommend it?

    • August 17, 2015 at 1:24 am

      We stayed at the Park International in Kensington. Nice place, very convenient to the tube and museums. We’d stay there again.

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