Our plane ride is very nice! That direct flight from Austin to London can’t be beat . . . especially the range of movies and tv shows. Imagine my joy at discovering that the episodes of the 2016 Great British Baking Off was available! I don’t even know when the 2016 series will come onto American TV!
Mary Berry is the baking guru of the UK and it is very fun to watch her and the contestants in action. I just hope the same shows are available on the way home as I don’t have time to watch them all!
After our entertaining plane ride, it is easy as pie to take the Tube to Earl’s Court stop and walk up to our hotel. We take a nice nap and then plunge out into the sunshine. Everyone is out enjoying the sun on Cromwell Road.
We take the bus and get the front seat on the top . . . everyone loves the front seat!
The Natural History Museum is right down from our hotel. And right in the center of the street across from the Victoria and Albert Museum is something I’ve always heard about: a tea shop for taxi drivers!
And then we approach Harrod’s in all its glory!
So many gorgeous gables in Knightsbridge!
We edge along Hyde Park where everyone is walking and sunning. I love these trees best just like this!
We pass by Marble Arch and then start down shopper’s heaven: Oxford Street!
We get off at Baker Street (hello, Sherlock Holmes) and then walk over to one of our favorite shopping streets, Marylebone High Street. What is very nice is Paddington Park right before you get to Marylebone High Street.
And what can’t be beat in the park is this little building . . .
It is – tah dah –
Even the walls in the loo are gorgeous tile murals of the park itself!
Shades of Keukenhof Gardens –
And everyone out enjoying the weather.
Didn’t I say shops? Here’s one of our favorites on Marylebone High:
You have to check out the ceramics (all hand-painted!) at the start of your trip because you have to start planning for what you want as a souvenir of your visit!
It’s such a pretty shop and the salespeople are always the nicest. This time our salesperson’s ceramic nametag says “Mum2Be” – Matilda is going to be born on May 15th!
Just a few doors down is one of the best bookshops –
It is so fun to see the latest and greatest books Londoners are reading:
And see authors who were at the Texas Book Festival!
The inside of the shop is historic! Here they are setting up for a reading – wine is not always available, unfortunately.
Everyone is out enjoying the weather outside the pubs. Lots of ladies sitting at tables:
But the cools gents are ranged on the side sharing pints and stories!
Back down through the skinny St Christopher’s Place passage onto Oxford Street!
We are back on the top of a double-decker bus looking down at the congestion at the beginning of Regent’s Street. People, people everywhere!
And then into Picadilly Circus to say hello to the Mercury fountain (sorry for the dirty windows!).
And look at Trafalgar Square!
Who wouldn’t enjoy a chat hanging around the lions?
Then we swing around Whitehall to our first view of Big Ben.
We get off at Westminster to see Churchill in front of the Abbey.
Britain will never, never, never give up!
It is sobering to see him so close to where the terrorist attack happened just two weeks ago.
So many people were out and heading over Westminster bridge, it was heart-warming to see.
We headed over to one of the first hotels we ever stayed at in London – the County Hall right next to the Eye,
When we stayed here there was a quiet Library where you could grab a book and look out at Big Ben. Now the library is a bar!
But it still has a great view of Big Ben.
Walking out of the bar is gorgeous.
And the sunset: amazing!
Everyone was trying to capture it. Beautiful atmosphere . . .
Beautiful bridge where we can walk and remember.