We head over to London and begin our visit with a familiarization stroll past many of the main tourist sites, starting in Knightsbridge (near Harrods) and walking toward Buckingham Palace, about a mile away, first passing through the Wellington Arch and entering Green Park. The Wellington Arch was originally designed as an entrance to Buckingham Palace and was later moved to the current site to be a victory arch celebrating Wellington's defeat of Napoleon.
Green Park has paths leading straight to Buckingham Palace, where we emerge at the Victoria Memorial, located at one end of the Mall, the grand boulevard stretching between the palace and Trafalgar Square.
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.
From here, it's a short walk to 10 Downing Street, the residence of the British Prime Minister and, then down Parliament Street to Trafalgar Square, whose name commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar, the British naval victory over France in the Napoleonic wars (October 21, 1805).
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.