Met Marina at Aroma Cafe on Picadilly at 9.30am. Had a cappuccino but couldn’t have toast and jam because they ran out of butter.
Had a look at Picadilly Market and St James Church behind it. Church was very old, light and airy.
Walked to Westminster Abbey. Large hall was magnificent. Surrounding cloisters were lovely, especially Little Cloisters College Gardens.
Walked to Buckingham Palace. Came across the changing of the guard.
Walked to Houses of Parliament. Breath taking buildings. Walked along embankment, then caught bus to Tower of London. Queue to get in. Expensive. Much bigger than I thought. Crown jewels were pretty speccie. Huge queue again. Took most of the afternoon.
Caught bus, looking for Marks and Spencer. Heavy traffic. Regent Street closed. Got off and walked. Got to Oxford Street, shopped a bit. Got on a bus going in the wrong direction… Huge walk back to the hotel through not so nice area. Was 8.30pm by the time we got back to the hotel. Went to Swan Inn for dinner. Not bad but drinks expensive.
Walked for about 12 hours today!