After touring the Tower of London in the morning, we had the afternoon to explore the city on our own. My husband took the Tube (“Mind the Gap”) to Wembley Stadium to see his favorite NFL team, the Broncos, play the Jaguars. It was amazing that they were in London at the same time we were there and the game didn’t conflict with our tour. It was also amazing that we were able to find him an awesome ticket close to the field right in the center. And yet another amazing thing was that the Broncos broke their recent losing streak and won the game in the last couple of minutes!
Gloria and I took a tour of central London and saw famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Nelson’s Column flanked by huge lions in Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament, and we also took a ride on the iconic London Eye.
Gloria and I had a full day of sightseeing in London on foot. Late in the afternoon, our feet were tired so we bought tickets to ride a hop-on-hop-off Sightseeing bus. The nice young lady who sold us the tickets assured us that the buses would run until 8:00 pm and we could get off at the Marble Arch stop which would only be a 10-15 minute walk to our hotel.
During the ride, they announced that the bus was ending its run at 6:00 pm. We were a little panicked because we were still in central London far from our hotel. Apparently, they had switched to the winter schedule on this day and the bus routes were ending two hours sooner. A nice young man named Ashley was able to arrange for another bus to transport us to the Marble Arch. Unfortunately, it turned out to be an hour-long walk back to our hotel on this dark and chilly night! Thankfully, we eventually made it back to the hotel!
Right before we arrived at our hotel, we met this nice lady, Diana, and her cute little dog. She and her husband George are dog groomers in London!