Don't pre book the London Eye before you get to London. The best thing to do is book it when you arrive and after having seen the weather forecast on the BBC for the next few days. Otherwise you end up with the view in the photo ! It is a good experience but it really requires a bright and clear day. So check the forecast !
Sleep while you can!
I think the key to any successful group trip is to take advantage of every sleep moment you can get when there is nothing to see, or you are just cruising through the country side. Here you can see that we had a multi hour road trip, and so between stretches, these guys were passed out!
Amazingly, they were able to sightsee all day and night because of these power naps!
Charing Cross Station (Embankement)
Charing Cross was originally opened in 1864. An attached hotel (Charing Cross Hotel , designed by Edward Middleton Barry) opened a year later and got two more extra floors in 1952.
When in 1905 the original roof (designed by Sir John Hawkshaw) collapsed during maintenance work, it was rebuilt 2 years later at exact the same size as the original one.
Early 1990’s Embankment Place offices (designed by Terry Farrell and Partners) got completed and in 1998 the concourse roof was reglazed.
Nowadays about 37 million people/year are passing through this station. I just loved the architecture of the Embankement side!
do some more SHOPPING at the...
do some more SHOPPING at the most famous flea market here in Notting Hill - PORTOBELLO MARKET.
There are some lovely second-hand vintage clothings to be bought here. Another place you may wish to check out for some more great flea market shopping include CAMDEN MARKET and COVENT GARDEN.
Oh, and over at Covent Garden (see pic below), you'd probably bump into some of London's most colorful punks (yeah, those with Mohawk hair and all!... Nice people... Just don't look tooooo obvious and gawk at them O.K.?
The Kings and Queens of London
There are far more royal couples in London than Phil & Liz.
There are 'Pearly' Kings and Queens for many of the working-class neighbourhoods in London.
Their roots are somewhat obscure. Perhaps they began with a poor orphan who picked up spare buttons from costermongers for resale and began helping, in time, those less fortunatue than himself. Then again it could a reference back to a form of 'protection' for costermonger market stallholders,who used them to safeguard their pitches.
In either event they stem from the costermonger community in Victorian times, and the fashion for sowing thousands of these pearly buttons onto black clothing caught hold. Some of the suits are so heavy they must be a nightmare to wear in hot weather.
Pearly Kings and Queens can often be seen at any kind of Charity function in London, or parades, fetes , carnivals and such events. They do a great job in raising thousands of pounds for charity each year.
They also make a great photo opportunity !