We left Jim and Dorota’s by 7 and arrived in London by 11.30, no white knuckles this time. We took a free city bus to the Marriott, where the staff was incredibly accommodating, checking us in early, printing our tour tickets, and calling to confirm our tours. They also explained how to take the free city bus to Hatton Cross tube station, where we purchased oyster cards that will hopefully take us through our three days in London.
We took the Piccadilly line to Piccadilly Circus, walked down Regent Street looking for a restaurant and happened on to Inamo, a restaurant with projectors above every table that not only projected images onto the table, but allowed us to select our meal and order it electronically, a delicious bento box with salad, salmon, steak and chicken wings for under 10 pounds.
We walked through St James Park, which was crowded with thousands of sun worshipers enjoying the sunny, warm weather. We missed Westminster Cathedral by minutes (closing time 3:30), but walked down the Themes past this obelisk from 1500 BC flanked by sphinxes.
Our destination was St. Paul’s Cathedral where we were lucky enough to catch a choral performance of Evensong.
We walked across the Millenial bridge to the Globe Theater. Tickets for that night’s performance were sold out, but just down the street we found a Southern b-b-q restaurant that played blues and had beer pong tables set up that were crowded with locals within a half hour. We lucked out on restaurants in our first day in London.
After walking for a good 5 hours, the tired travelers headed back to the hotel.