On Monday morning, we took our friends to Victoria as they were going back to Spain. They took the 10:00 coach to Stansted and we took a 38 bus to the British Museum, where we spent the whole morning. We wanted to see the Greek area, the Parthenon Galleries, but Ana (she’s 4) loved the vases, so we had a look at the painted figures on them before heading for the mummies, which they enjoyed a lot.
We went to the library (turn right through the shop just as you enter the museum) to get the kid’s trails. We got the Shiva Dance one, so we went to room 33 to follow it. It was great fun to see the girls when they pretended to be Shiva dancing with her four arms. We found most of the 10 must-see objects, including the Easter Island statue, in a room full of coloured costumes and next to the turquoise serpent and the Rosetta.
We went then for lunch to Kingsway and then to Neal Street (we liked a lot Seven Dials and Neal’s Yard), Monmouth Street and then got a tube at Leicester Square to the Science Museum, where we get on timw for a 2 hours visit that the girls really enjoyed, specially the interactive things that they could touch, even though they were at a museum!!!!! (we were all the time telling them that you can’t touch things at museums). And I ha time to pick up some books I had ordered on the Internet to be delivered to the bookshop there.
We still had time to go to Oxford Street to run errands for a friend of ours.
On Tuesday, our las tday in London, we started the day doing some shopping at Sainbury’s t get things to get back home and then we get on the tube and the DLR to spend the day at Greenwich. We saw the Royal Naval College. The chapel and the Painted Hall are really impressive and they have a funny leaflet on the hall explaining the things for the kids, which we really enjoyed reading. Walking and playing at the park was relaxing before having lunch in an outdoor seating area in a pub there (The Gate Clock). Lovely sunny day at Greenwich.
But, we still had time for more. We didn’t want to get the most of our last day in London, so we took a bus to Tower Bridge as our daughters wanted to cross it on foot and it was really worthwhile. The views of the City Hall and the Gerkhin are so good from there, as well as the ones of the Tower and the Thames of course.
Then, back on a 15 bus (I think it is one of the most touristic ones) to do last shopping in Oxford Street.
It was supposed to be the end of the day (20:30) but I really wanted to give myself a whim and see the Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament at night, so we palyed a game with the girls and headed there. We got such a great view from the other side of Westminster Bridge that it seemed we were not so tired and we were really exhausted after the tiring week.
On Wednesday we took the bus to Victoria at 9:15 and the Terravisoin coach at 10:00. went to check our luggagge and to security. We didn’t realise that you can’t take jam on the hand luggagge, so we haven’t enjoyed an English breakfast today at home... Plane was on time and relatives waiting at the airport.