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Had a lovely four days in London before starting a tour. Strolled through Holland Park and saw the Japanese Garden which was very small but lovely. Found the Kensington Roof Garden which was much more impressive than the Japanese Garden. Its amazing what they had on that roof. We were glad to see that The Muffin Man restaurant was still in business and stopped there for a snack. Back at the hotel I had a Pimms and lemonade which was tasty. Later in the evening after fish and chips I had my first sticky toffee pudding which could become addictive. Day two was a visit to Hampton Court Palace which was magnificent. Day three we wandered through museums popped into Covent Gardens and visited the Guild Hall. Warning, the museum at the Guild Hall is closed for renovations and has a closed sign on the door but you can still enter the building and they will let you see the hall itself but you can't see the Roman amphitheater. That evening we went to the Faulty Towers Dining Experience which was a lot of fun. The food was good (not great) but the performances were very good. On day four we wandered the Portobello Road market then went to the National Gallery followed by a cruise on the Thames. While we were in the Whitehall area we thought we'd see the Banqueting Hall only to find it closed for a private event. So except for a minor disappointment or two our stay in London was great. After our guided tour of Britain our tour returned to London on Sunday, August 10th to an absolute madhouse. There was a bike race that weekend and some logistical genius decided it was OK to close all but one bridge across the Thames. The hotel had told our tour director that the bridges were supposed to reopen at 3pm but when our bus arrived at the Vauxhall bridge shortly after 4pm that bridge was closed and our bus struggled through congested London traffic searching for a way across the river. The whole situation was ridiculous. We finally made it across Waterloo bridge and to our hotel at 7 pm.

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Glad you enjoyed it. Yes the cycle race did close quite a few things and create some chaos but your tour company should have known and made alternative arrangements as it was well publicised.

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