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Day 24 – 10 June (Wednesday)


The last day of our trip! I was very happy to spend it in London – it is a great city.
It was a lot cooler in London and overcast. It was great weather for getting about.
We had stayed in the same B & B as we had at the start of our trip. After a basic but filling breakfast we packed and left our luggage with reception and went out to enjoy London for the day. We picked up bikes in Hyde Park and made our way to Harrods. However we found it does not open until 10.00am. So we had a coffee at a nearby café and then entered the great Temple to Materialism – called Harrods. We split up at this point and arranged to meet back at the B & B at 5.00pm. I strolled through Harrods – so much luxury!!! After this I went to the Natural History Museum. This was very interesting, especially the section on earth quakes and volcanos. Then on to the Science Museum which again had some great exhibits.
Bill was doing the rounds of the museums as well. He also went to the Victoria and Albert Museum which is in the same area. He thought it was very good. Andrew visited the Natural History Museum and then met Matthew for lunch.
I decided to visit the Imperial War Museum. On the way, I stopped at a very attractive cake and tea shop and had a delicious morning tea with a very tasty slice and tea. It was very elegant – an enjoyable interlude on my way to the Museum.
The Imperial War Museum is located in Lambeth on the south side of the Thames. It is a quick trip by tube. The museum is only a short walk from the station. I thoroughly enjoyed this museum. The presentation and exhibits were very well done – quite enlightening. I could have spent at least a day and a half in this museum. I had to content myself with a couple of hours. It was very absorbing and educative. Whilst I was in Lambeth I would have liked to see Lambeth Palace – the official London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury (and has been for 800 years). It has quite a history and figured a lot during the reign of King Henry VIII. Unfortunately I did not have time. I had an idea to buy all the grandchildren presents so I went back to Harrods for this purpose. On the way to Harrods I had a spot of lunch at Pret a Manger – a very nice sandwich and pastry.
After finishing shopping in Harrods it was getting towards 5.00pm so I picked up a bike and went back to the B & B. I still had a bit in UK coinage and was wondering what to do with it. There was a beggar sitting near the B & B so I dropped the coins in his hat – he must have thought he had hit the jackpot!
Andrew and Bill arrived shortly afterwards. We were going to order a taxi to Paddington Station but the receptionist at the B & B (a very vigorous Latvian lady) tutted tutted the idea and encouraged us to walk. So we did – and it was not a long walk – about 1 ½ kilometres. We cashed in our Oyster Cards (travel cards for the tube) and bought our tickets for the Heathrow Connect. Please note – when travelling to and from Heathrow Airport do not use the Heathrow Express as it is very expensive. Use the Heathrow Connect as it is much cheaper and only takes 15 minutes longer.
And so we arrived at the airport and our trip had come to an end except for the 24 hour flight home (this includes 4 hours in Singapore Airport).
It was a great holiday. We had wonderful weather, wonderful experiences, great food and great walks. I am very thankful it passed without any accidents, sickness or major incidents.

Posted by Tomheasley 16:48 Archived in United Kingdom

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