London (27 June 2008)
After the Changing of the Guards Walking Tour we went to the Sherlock Homes Pub for a fish & chips lunch.
Next we walked to Trafalgar Square. It was busy because it was Veteran’s Day and in front of South Africa House there was a protest about the problems in Zimbabwe. We went to some shops and the back to the bus. It started raining and we were soaked by the time we could get on to the bus.
The traffic was still terrible and the bus drove slowly. We passed Pall Mall, St James Palace, Hyde Park Corner, Marble Arch, Green Park, Buckingham Palace, Gardens, Westminster abbey Big Ben & Houses of Parliament.
We decided to get of the bus and go for a cruise on the river. The River Cruise was included in our Original tour ticket. It was about 15:45 when we boarded the Millennium of Peace boat. We traveled with the boat from Westminster pier to Tower Bridge. The boat was very full but we got seats and enjoyed the views.
We got off the boat at Tower Bridge. We waited while the middle of the bridge was raised for a ship to pass. The bridge used to be raised about 50 times a day but now it only happens 900 times a year. This bridge was completed in 1894 and is 60 meter long.
We then walked pass the Tower of London and got on another bus. The traffic was a bit better this time. We drove past St Paul’s Cathedral, Trafalgar Square & Piccadilly Circus. We got off at Leicester Square and got the last bus back to Russell Square at 17:45.