London in a day – Part 2

From near the river Thames, we went to Westminster. After admiring the Big Ben and deciding to not enter the Houses of Parliament (there was a 2 hour wait) much to my disappointment (the architecture is breathtaking!), we went to Westminster Abbey. From here, we took the much recommended walk to Trafalgar Square along Downing Street.

In Trafalgar Square with a display in the background counting down to the Olympics 2012

After a quick walk through Trafalgar Square, we walked into the National Portrait Gallery. The gallery is absolutely fantastic. There was a special exhibition of Titian’s paintings on at the time I went in addition to their regular exhibits. From here we head to Soho for a late lunch at a quaint vegetarian cafe called Beatroot. This was followed by a visit to the Expedia office in Angel, Islington. The day ended with a walk along Regent’s Canal and an excellent dinner with friends.

We saw a lot of London over the next few days – Regent’s Park, the British Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum, etc., and thoroughly enjoyed everything we saw, ate, and heard. The Expedia website has numerous sightseeing packages listed that one could book online for hassle-free travel — right from their Hop-on Hop-off tours to the Total London Experience, and themed highlights.

 

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The party at the Expedia office in London

It’s party time at the Expedia office in London! 🙂

Sipping Sangria in the beach-themed party at the Expedia office.

The party at Expedia’s London office  is to showcase their latest research study on travel to beach destinations.

London in a day – Part 1

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.

Breakfast like a king! Especially when outdoors on a cold and frosty morning!

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.

Travel to London

Hear ye, hear ye! Off to London as part of the Expedia grand prize 🙂

Here’s a toast to traveling Business class! Some bubbly anyone?