I could have titled this post “Miscellany.” It’s all the things we saw around London that didn’t fit into any of the other posts…
While waiting for our Fat Tire Bike Tour to begin we found the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground. Although the boys did not follow the life of Princess Diana like I did (many thanks to my late Grandmother who made sure we had every published book on the beloved royal!) they were thrilled (as always) to play on the playground.
The playground had a variety of elements, including musical instruments and the usual playground stuff, but I loved this crocodile. Captain Hook must be right around the corner!
Two things of note: the double decker bus (we did ride one and wished we’d done the buses more than the tube – more interesting scenery!) and the crosswalk signal just for horses.
We had visited Trafalgar Square earlier in the day but didn’t climb on the Lions because it was too crowded. Here’s some lion trivia: They are made of cast iron (our tour guide said they get incredibly hot in the summer) and they are anatomically incorrect! The designer made the lions’ back legs like a dog’s legs, but the legs of a lion do not bend that way.
The Churchill War Rooms had a number of posters from a WWI and WWII campaigns encouraging thrift. (My favorite one said “To Dress Extravagantly In War Time Is Worse Than Bad Form It Is Unpatriotic.”)
Kind of ironic that similar campaigns are going on today!
Here is just one reason I would wander the neighborhoods of London all day long: Check out the blue circular plaque on the house. These plaques are on houses throughout London and each describes a famous previous resident! This one stated that William Bligh, commander of the Bounty had lived here.
We did not go inside St. Paul’s Cathedral but it was quite impressive on the outside.
I dragged everyone into Harrods but we didn’t stay long. It was too rich for my blood but unlike St. Paul’s, it was free just to look inside.
We had lunch in Leadenhall Market in “The City.” This is where the Diagon Alley scenes from the Harry Potter movies were filmed.
We made a point to find Platform 9 3/4 since Thomas’s class was reading Harry Potter. (For the record, it is not where Rick Steves said it was.) The lady at the information booth seemed a little nonplussed to tell us where it was.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time in London. I saved our Oyster Cards, still have some pounds and a list of what else I’d like to see so I hope to go back!