We got up at 8 am because we had a full day planned. We walked down to the basement where dinning room was located. The free breakfast provided by our hotel was very nice. They had a machine that you could choose what kind of coffee you wanted. I had Mocha. They also had bread, croissant, boiled red skinned eggs, ham, salami, two types of cheese, cereal, yogurt, sliced tomato, apple, banana, grapefruit, apple juice, milk, and orange juice. It’s quite a verity for free breakfast.
The continental English breakfast turned out to be the healthiest food we had the entire day.
We walked out of our hotel towards a Big Bus blue stop that’s only five minutes away. There was a Big Bus stuff checking and printing tickets. Many people were lined up for the bus. Usually we explore on our own, but since time was tight and weather was cold, we opted to use the tour bus for sightseeing while in England and France. We booked the tickets on-line while in the States and got a second day free deal that also included a Thames river cruise.
We hopped on the bus. The driver told us to get a pair of earplugs for plugging in the outlets and listening to pre-recorded tour guides. We climbed up to the open top second level to have a better view, then got off at the first stop which was the Marble Arch to catch the Big red bus to Victoria Coach station because we had a prepaid tour to Stonehenge that departed there around noon.
When the bus passed Baker street, the recording mentioned Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson lived at fictitious 221B Baker Street. I read the series, all five books, when I was in Elementary school.
Then the bus passed Madame Tussauds wax museum. There were so many people waiting in line.
At our next stop, the bus came to a complete stop for so long. And finally we were told to get off this bus and transfer to another red bus. The bus seemed so slow when we were trying to get to the station. After studying the map more closely, we realized that had we stayed on the Big blue bus, it probably would have taken us to the Victoria Coach station on time. We finally got off and waved to a Black Cab to drive us to Victoria Coach station because we didn’t want to miss our tour. The taxi cost us £16.
At Victoria Coach station, we bought sandwiches from Burger King for lunch for £18.16. The price was higher than in the States.
There was a tour bus for English afternoon tea. The rumor was that it’s very difficult to book an afternoon tea by oneself if not way in advance.
When we arrived at Stonehenge it was 3 pm. The driver gave us until 4:45 to come back to the coach.
Stonehenge reminded me of Tess in Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles. She was resting on an ancient altar before her young life ended.
At the Stonehenge gift shop, we bought a book about Stonehenge and two post cards for £6.19.
It’s a little before 7 pm after we got back to London Victoria. We walked past Hyde park, when we reached Marble Arch, we saw many people walking to the right and it looked very busy on Oxford street. So many people were still out and about.
We were walking around looking for a place to have a nice dinner. Finally, we settled at a Fish and Chips place near our hotel.
The dinner cost us £33.8, which was totally not worth it. After dinner, we walked to our hotel and called it a day.