We were planning on traveling to Cardiff today. Unfortunately, all of the activity from the last week wore us out, and we didn't want to get up as early as we needed to catch the bus. Instead, we got up a couple of hours later, and took the Original London Bus Tour.
This is Marble Arch, where we started the bus tour. While we were waiting, we saw an advert for Children of Men, which is set in London.
The Speaker's Corner in Hyde Park was on the way. Not much to see on a weekday. We took a lot of pictures as we traveled around on the bus.
When we made it back to Westminster, there was another protest march. It was much smaller than the earlier one and we couldn't tell what they were protesting. We did get some good pictures of Westminster Abbey and the London Eye while we were waiting. We saw Lambeth Palace when we crossed the bridge.
We had lunch at The Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields church and got back on a bus to do more of the tour.
On the bus, we got to travel across several bridges that we hadn't been on yet. When we went across London Bridge, there was a huge advert for the song London Bridge by Fergie. The London Dungeon was also decorated for Christmas.
The drive across Tower Bridge was fabulous. We love the Tower and it was interesting to see a different view of it.
We are still fascinated that people live in the Tower still today. If you look down in the moat, you can see a swing set.
And someone hung out their laundry to dry.
This is All Hallows by the Tower, the church where John Quincy Adams was married and William Penn was baptized. Across from it is a memorial to WWI sailors.
We continued on the bus tour until we got to the Embankment Pier. We went past Cleopatra's Needle and saw Nelson's Column again in the distance.
As part of the bus tour, we could take a boat ride down the Thames. While we were waiting, we took some pictures of the river Thames and the London Eye.
We stopped at the Tower of London (we got in on our Historic Royal Palaces card), where we took the Yeoman Warder's tour. The Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula was decorated with holly and candles for Christmas and was beautiful. The only way you can see the chapel is by taking the Yeoman Warder tour.
We also went through the Medieval Palace and saw the Tower ravens. The caretaker was feeding one of them and every time he would talk to the raven, it answered him.
In the evening we did our big grocery trip to Sainsbury's, and began packing for the trip home.