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Tower Bridge

and a bus tour

overcast

Got off our butts reasonably early this morning and took the train into Tower Hill again. We decided to do Tower Bridge and then perhaps do the rest of the bus tour that we didn’t finish from Saturday, or alternatively, we would do the river cruise that was on offer. We went past the Tower and headed up the stairs to get on the street level of Tower Bridge, passing through Dead Man’s Hole – apparently it used to be a temporary morgue! We sent Phil up the stairs into the Bridge to get tickets and initially we were going to take the lift up, but the kids wanted to walk the stairs up, so that’s what we did – all 206 of them. Once up the top we watched a short film on the building of the tower, and then headed across the walkways to admire the views – all overcast, so we could only just make out Canary Wharf. The guide at the top pointed out a portion of the river where apparently Dickens set the book Oliver – it was where Fagin was said to have lived. We went out onto the West Walkway and got vague views across London city, then we left Phil at the top whilst we went downstairs (in the lift this time) to look at the photos they had taken of us on entry. A quick trip in the (men’s) loos, and then we hung around until Phil decided to make his way down. We went out to the engine rooms and after a quick shop we went looking for lunch. We had lunch right beneath the bridge overlooking the river at a very small boutique bar. Lunch was quite nice though. We walked along the south bank of the river, past the Belfast, and in to Hays Galleria, coming out opposite London Dungeon. We managed to get onto the bus tour, even though our ticket had just expired. We continued the tour that we had started, going up to Buckingham Palace, Oxford Street, Marylebone Road, coming down into Piccadilly and back into Trafalgar Square. We got off at Westminster again, and caught the train home from there.

Posted by Gezzem 01:17 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged lodging

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