London -- The Cotswolds -- Paris
May 15-29, 2005
What we did:
The London Eye. We headed over in the morning and to our surprise we saw hundreds of people headed in that direction. To our relief, they were not queing up for the Eye; it was a drill from a nearby office building. Fortunate for us there was no line, but I found the ride and the view uninspiring on this gray day.
We strolled through Harrod's Department Store. Still crowded. Still beautiful. The food halls are still enticing. I always check out the ladies room when in a luxury hotel or department store, and this one does not rate the adjective "luxury."
The Cabinet War Rooms. Churchill used this series of underground rooms as a base during WWII . Very interesting tour and I recommend it highly. http://cwr.iwm.org.uk
A London Walks tour of Kensington ended at Kensington Palace. We used our Heritage Passes for entrance; otherwise the fee would have been 11 GBP. We especially enjoyed seeing the gowns worn by the Queen and Diana.
As a Harry Potter fan, I couldn't visit London and not seek out Platform 9-3/4. At Kings Cross Station they've created a photo opportunity, and I thought they did a clever job.
One evening we went to see The Producers. It was a fun, zany show, but I don't see how it won "Best Musical of the Year."
The Sir John Soane's Museum was a short walk from our hotel. Very interesting townhome crammed with artifacts of all kinds. Worth the time and effort.