This morning, we took the Tube over to Westminster and went to watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. Thankfully, we got the timing wrong and arrived 45 minutes early, instead of our planned 15 minutes early. The crowds were very big and we were fortunate to have a spot right on the crowd barrier. We watched the guards march into the gates of the palace, but all the ceremony was inside the palace grounds, so we really only saw guards marching in and out. You need to get over to the actual gates in front of the palace. From there you can see all the ceremony of the actual 'changing of the guard'. Still, it was an enjoyable London experience.
It was strange to see the gates of the Buckingham Palace. I was immediately reminded of the death of Princess Diana and the images of thousands and thousands of bouquets of flowers that had been left in front of the gates.
It was one of those defining images that clearly left an indelible and vivid impression on me.
William the Conqueror was crowned here in 1066 and since then it has been the site of every coronation of English monarchs and in recent times, it has seen many of the weddings from the House of Windsor. Many British monarchs are also interred here.
But it isn't just royalty that makes the Abbey special. It is the resting place of some of England's finest, including Geoffrey Chaucer, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, Laurence Olivier, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin .
We had a wonderful audio tour, with none other, than Jeremy Irons as our guide. An amazing building absolutely steeped in British history.
After some yummy lunch at Pret A Manger, we jumped on the tube to Earl's Court and the only Police Box left in London. Alas, there was no sign of The Doctor. From there we caught the tube over to Portobello Road for some shopping. Needless to say, Zoe was in heaven. At the end of our walk we ended up at Blenheim Crescent and in the neighborhood where the boys from The Clash used to hang out.
From there we set of for Baker Street and dropped into 221B, home of the world's most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes. Che was a big fan of the Deerstalker. After another big day, we found our way back to Waterloo and our comfy little flat, to rest up for another day in Old London town.