|Grovesnor Victoria Hotel Lobby|
We left our hotel at 9 AM and got to the Grovesnor Victoria at about 9:45 AM. Since we were early, we had a light breakfast at a cafe nearby. We got back to the Grovesnor at about 10:10 AM. I told both the front desk and the concierge that we were waiting for this tour company to pick us up. We couldn't get a clear and confident answer as to what to do, the front desk said the tour representative "usually comes inside" to get the people, and the concierge said they "come inside" but also suggested that we wait outside. So at about 10:20 we started to wait outside...and wait.....and wait. By 10:40 AM, I suggested Mark go back inside and ask the hotel to call the tour company to see if they came yet....and they did! I have no idea how we missed them, but they said that they came and then they left. I was so upset! I figured since I told the front desk and the concierge (and this was a small lobby area) someone should have came out and found us when the tour representative came in! Grrrr....luckily we were able to re-book the tour for the next day but then I had to re-arrange our schedule and also we woke up early for nothing :( And I say for nothing because even though we woke up so early, we still weren't starting our day until 11 AM because we wasted all that time waiting for them and nothing came of it.
Since our tour was now rescheduled, we decided to switch our Wednesday and Thursday agendas, so we went on our way to the Westminster area. Even though we had been to Westminster earlier in our trip, we couldn't tour it because it was Sunday and they were having church services. So today we got to go into Westminster, which was pretty neat. There are over 3,300 people buried at Westminster! It was also kind of cool to see the altar where William and Kate were recently married. You weren't allowed to take pictures, so I don't have any pictures of the inside.
|Outside Westminster--This is the entrance Kate used prior to walking down the aisle|
|Courtyard at Westminster|
After Westminster, we were ready for lunch. We found this pub up the road by Trafalgar Square. I had roast chicken and Mark had a roast beef sandwich. We had a berry crumble with a cream sauce for dessert. I forgot to take a picture of the berry crumble because it looked so good and we dug right in. It was delicious!
|Roast Beef Sandwich|
After lunch we walked to Trafalgar Square because we were so close.
|National Gallery in Trafalgar Square|
|Across the Street from Trafalgar Square|
After walking around the square, we walked back toward Westminster and passed 10 Downing Street, the home of the Prime Minister. The road is heavily guarded now for security reasons, so you can't really do anything except for take a picture at the gate.
|Downing Street, Home of the Prime Minister|
We then stopped by the Churchill War Rooms, which is the bunker where Churchill and his staff stayed during WWII.
|Meeting Room Where Churchill Met with His Staff During War. Churchill sat in the Middle Chair in Front of the Map|
|Churchill's Bedroom in the Bunker|
|The Actual Door at 10 Downing Street Churchill Walked Through His First Day as Prime Minster|
|Appetizer--I think it was an olive tapenade, with sauteed mushrooms and ricotta on top|
|My Dinner-Fettucine Alfredo with Musrooms|
|Mark's dinner--Penne with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce|