London: A Week of Adventure

Travels in London 2011

During our week-long stay in London (June 27 to July 2, 2011), we resided at the Crowne Plaza London-St. James hotel, which is conveniently located near the Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. The rooms were of reasonable size and fairly comfortable. We paid for two non-smoking standard rooms that included continental breakfast, costing about $500 U.S. per night. It was worth the price.

Buckingham Palace Gates, London, United Kingdom

Buckingham Palace Gates, London, United Kingdom

Also, we bought the Oyster Card so that we could travel limitlessly via the underground metro. The Oyster Card is used like a debit card; one puts a certain amount of money on it and then adds more as needed. This avoids buying multiple tickets each time the metro has to be used.

Attraction List:

  • Buckingham Palace (June 26-27)
  • Changing of the Guard at the Palace (June 27)
  • Westminster Abbey (June 27)
  • Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament (June 27)
  • Piccadilly Circus (June 27)
  • Horse Guards (June 27)
  • Trafalgar Square (June 27)
  • National Portrait Gallery (June 27)
  • M&M Store, London (June 27)
  • Soho District – China Town (June 27)
  • Kensington Palace and the Orangery (high tea) (June 29)
  • Diana’s Memorial Playground Park (June 29)
  • River Thames (June 30)
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral (June 30)
  • Tower of London (June 30)
  • London Bridge (June 30)
  • British Museum (July 1)
  • Shakespeare’s Globe (July 1)

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