Victoria Memorial, Buckingham Palace
Views from the Victoria Memorial: The Mall, London Eye ferris wheel in the distance
From the palace, we stroll through St. James Park to Parliament and Big Ben, which is now silent for a well-needed refurbishment.
St. James Park
Friendly folk in St. James Park
Reaching Big Ben, at the Westminster Bridge, we have great views of Parliament, the Thames flowing through the city, and the London Eye, a 135 meter (443 foot) ferris wheel on the south bank of the Thames.
Big Ben, Parliament, Thames, London Eye, Music
From here, it's a short walk to 10 Downing Street, the residence of the British Prime Minister and, from there, down Parliament Street to Trafalgar Square, stopping to admire the commemorative military statues along the street.
10 Downing Street
Statues: Women of World War II, The Glorious Dead
Our destination is a fabulous wine bar, the Cork & Bottle, just off Leicester Square, a few blocks behind Trafalgar Square, a great place for wine and dinner. We enter and enjoy a bottle of Cotes de Provence, duck liver pate, and baked camembert with bread and onion chutney.
Duck liver pate, baked camembert
We've done tourist London in one day and it's time to sleep and get on our flight home in the morning. We've had a great trip to Bolzano, Cinque Terre, Corsica, Nice, and London and are looking forward to the next one!
The Tube back to Heathrow