London Diary Day 3 and 4….

Hi guys,

it is the last guide for our London trip today so on our 3rd day we hadn´t had such a huge schedule. Sundays are to rest right?!
Straight after breakfast we went to the London Eye to take a ride with it for a great view over the city. We had been there a day before but the lines where so long – both of them the ticket line and the waiting line – so we decided to back the next day.

Sunday morning really was the better choice. We only stood about 10 to 15 minutes in the ticket line and waited for about 20 minutes to get onto the London Eye. We got a combo ticket and I would recommend that to everyone who wants to see more of the attractions. Our second one was Madame Tussauds. A combo ticket is a great deal to save time and money as well.

The ride of the London Eye was pretty great. There is such a great view over the city – which is pretty big, there is no chance of seeing the ends). Florian loved the London eye (although he is no friend of heights) as he is a civil engineer he is always looking at the big extraordinary buildings and construction sights and there is a lot to see in London.
After the ride we went straight to Oxford Street for a little shopping (stores are open on Sundays as well from 12:00 to 18:00 o´clock) but first of all we had some coffee and cookies at Starbucks. We found a really good one a little away from the main street so there was no standing in line or waiting for a table to sit. I always enjoy the Starbucks coffee shops when we are at other places because we don´t have one in Regensburg – almost unbelievable I know.
We went to some of the typical british stores after our refreshment. I wanted to go to River Island and New Look since we don´t have them here and I always have to order online. I must admit cause of the size and the many products I was a little overwhelmed but I still got some cute pieces. A nude ruffle pullover at New Look and a gingham off the shoulder blouse from River Island.
The next stop was the Disney Store right across the street. They had the “Beauty and the Beast” theme all over the store. So pretty and magical. We already watched the movie on Saturday and I loved it. It is really worth a visit at the cinema.
Our last stop was Primark. I just wanted to see the inside of the store as I have heard so much of it. Good as well bad things but I must admit I have never seen this much clothing and people in a store before. 
Tired from all the walking arround and standing in lines we went to a real british pub. The Marlboro Head – located in a side street from Oxford Street. I loved this pub. That is how I imagined a pub in England. Lots of different types of beers and hearty food and there was a dark wooden wall paneling all over. So cool. I decided to eat a baked potatoe with pulled pork and BBQ sauce. So so so delicious. 
To get a shower and put down all our bags we went back to the hotel and this was the only day we had over two hours left until we had our dinner apointment so we could also take a little nap. 
For dinner we went to a greek tapas bar. I have never seen a restaurant like this. The food was so delicious (in fact everything we ate was great – so glad about that). We had a chicken leg spiced with lemon gras and mushed potatoes, souflaki with mint leaves, zaziki and a wrap, super soft pita bread, baked feta cheese with mushed peppers, olives with bread (they had purple olives – never seen them before but the taste was awesome). The restaurant was really modern and clean but also connected to the greek countryside with lots of wood and plants.

Day 4
As we had to check out at eleven o´clock and we had an evening flight we had decided to go to Madame Tussauds on this day because there was enough time left for this one attraction. I had been to Madame Tussauds a few years ago and it improved and changed a lot. 
Not that they have only wax figures. There was also a ride through the history of London, a 4D cinema about the Marvel heroes and a walk through play about Sherlock Holmes. 
 The are separated in different sections like the movie stars, the singers, the politics, the action heroes, the royal familiy, the sports guys and they always have two movie inspired sections. This time it was King Kong Skull Island made with lots of bamboo and poisoned spiders and left camps and my favorite the Star Wars section. I have loved Star Wars for a long time. I got a picture with my favorite R2D2 – they also had a travel mug from R2D2 in the shop.

After leaving Madame Tussauds – happy as a child with my new mug – we got some souvenirs we still needed to buy and then went to lunch at Francesca´s in Baker Street – an Italian restaurant. The food there was really good and a little less expensive than somewhere else.
We went back to the hotel to get our luggage and then went to the airport. Since there was plenty of time left we didn´t need to hurry and were able to drink a last guiness at the airport bar. 
Overall London is a great and there are so many things to see and to visit, the people there are nice and helpful but it is a busy city. People seem to be always in a hurry.
The drinks and the food in restaurants is really expensive so make sure upfront that you are visiting one with good reviews so the price is worth it. The ticket prices are also pretty high but you can get and see most of the sights without paying entrance so you can pic those which you are really interested in to have a closer look. I really recommend the ticket combinations the London Eye ticket couter offers. 
We only been away for four days but we had been so happy to be back home in our own house. Happy toghether with Chloe. 
If you have any questions about restaurants, tickets or anything else feel free to e-mail me. 
Thanks for stopping by. 
Take care. See you.

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