Our previous visit to London had seen us pounding the streets continuously for two days - we walked so much that Paul was physically exhausted for a number of days afterwards! This time we pledged not to walk so much and although we endeavoured to keep to this, Paul still managed to clock up a very large number of steps on his Fitbit.
An impromptu visit to see Dunkirk at the O2 cinema was superb, and we couldn't believe how quick our underground journey home was afterwards. Before this we'd taken the Emirates cable car over the Thames from Greenwich to Royal Victoria Dock and spent the afternoon lounging in the sun on the decks of the roof bar of the floating Good Hotel, drinking beer and watching the planes take off from the City Airport. We had a quick cable car ride back to the O2 and a rather expensive but delicious evening meal at Las Iguanas before sinking into comfy seats to watch the film.
Liberty - where else!
The following day we were here, there and everywhere, walking the streets of the West End and finding hidden eateries and coffee bars in all sorts of places. An inspirational wander through Liberty, slowing the pace considerably through the haberdashery department, then lunch at The Lamb and Flag behind Oxford Street. We stopped off at The Japan Centre, Piccadilly to pick up some cute goodies and nibbles for the kids before tootling off to discover a superb restaurant, Thai Square, with a very reasonable pre-Theatre menu for our evening meal.
The Royal Arcade, Old Bond Street ~~ a flurry of blue paper birds and stunning architecture.
Our final, very wet day saw us heading off towards Kings Cross station with Paul mentioning the
British Library as a possible "get out of the rain" destination. A truly amazing place, and one I'd never known about - full of interesting documents and beautifully decorated manuscripts. The perfect end to our mini break.