Best trip ever. We stayed at the Me (Melia) in the heart of London, very nice upscale and incredibly comfortable. Upon arrival, we immediately walked to Buckingham Palace to watch the changing of the guard and actually caught a glimpse of the Queen leaving by motorcade. Huge crowds but the ceremony, architecture, grounds, etc were gorgeous. Returned to the hotel for a little lunch on the rooftop cafe. That evening we toured the City by car and stopped for shopping. We visited an almost underground cafe for live music, delicious food, and bowling. Yes, bowling. Great fun. Day two we climbed the O2, had lunch at Sherlock’s, and went on the double-decker bus tour sitting up top in the open air. Awesome. We stopped at Abbey Road and everyone had a chance to walk across the road in Beatles fashion and have their picture taken. We stopped at a fabulous tea room where we had “tipsy tea.” Best tea I’ve ever had in my life along with lovely treats and cucumber sandwiches. That evening we spent in a hole in the wall club where we were told a certain prince likes to hang out on occasion. I can see why. Included in our evening was a Salsa dance show and private Salsa dance instruction before taking to the floor ourselves. The food and drinks were amazing. On Day 3 we started with a bike tour along the Thames with a couple very knowledgeable guides, ending up at the London Eye for a sky high view of the awesome City. After a fish and chips lunch we were on our own so went for a walking tour taking the opportunity to walk across all of the bridges, Queens Bridge, London Bridge, Millennium Bridge, and to visit some of the historical sites such as Shakespeare’s theater, Tower of London, and more. It was the absolute best vacation I’ve ever had despite the fast pace. I would definitely recommend an all inclusive tour where your trip is pre-planned for you, it saves so much time and offers opportunities to see and do things off the beaten track.
You must take the Bike Tour along the Thames. It was an easy ride and the tour guides were a fountain of knowledge about each of the sites visited.