While I had more than a day to spend in London, I decided to see how much of London’s tourist attractions one could cover in a single day. As it happened, my best laid plans of leaving early took a flip and I ended up starting a tad later than planned. The Expedia experience has been fantastic so far and the arrangements excellent. It was only fitting to visit the Expedia office in London and meet the people behind the organization. This meant planning a day spent exploring London with the icing on the cake being a visit to Expedia.
I decided to check out the ‘Changing of the Guard’ at Buckingham Palace first before setting off to see the rest. We
took the ‘tube’ (as the London underground trains are called) from near the hotel to a stop near the Buckingham and an hour early for the ceremony. This helped get vantage spots for viewing. After a couple of hours at the Buckingham Palace, we left for our second stop making our way to the station through the attached Green Park.
Next on the cards were the bridges across the river Thames. We walked along the Queen’s Walk and got good views of the London and Tower Bridges, as well as the HMS Belfast. We crossed over along the pretty Tower Bridge and walked the grounds of the Tower of London that has watched over the city on Thames for almost a thousand years now. The ‘beefeaters’ are the quasi-custodians of the Crown Jewels and also are tour guides for the Tower. We were in a hurry and didn’t take the tour. We proceeded from here (again by the tube) to visit the Big Ben area.