We landed at Heathrow, London at 5.55am - too early! There was a bit of drizzle around but we were hoping that would pass.
Our aim for today was to stay awake as long as we could to try to avoid some jet lag. We had booked a Private Taxi to take us from Heathrow direct to our hotel - well worth the money as it was much easier than wrangling suitcases on public transport. As it was quite early we couldn't check in to our hotel but we were able to leave our bags there. So we headed out on foot to Notting Hill Gate where we found Jamie Oliver's Recipease - a kind of kitchenware, bakery, cafe place with all things Jamie!
We ate across the road though at a place called Le Pain de Quotidien - The Daily Bread - which I have just discovered have a few outlets in Sydney! Delicious food. Simple but tasty.
After filling up we walked back towards Kensington Gardens. We walked down this beautiful tree lined street with lots of embassies which was quite interesting. No photos though as there were a few security guards with guns so we weren't sure if it would be ok lol.
Found Kensington Palace - not a fancy looking building - but hey it is old - but the grounds were beautiful and it's location in Kensington Gardens in really quite a lovely area in the midst of a big busy city.
Kept walking and found the Princess Diana Memorial playground and then further on to the memorial fountain. It wasn't a hot day so not many kids paddling in it today.
Kept walking out of the park and down through some of the Kensington streets - such beautiful terrace homes! And little hidden parks among the houses.
Then we finally came across Harrods!
It was crazy busy in here and a bit overwhelming so we just had a bit of a look around the ground floor, and the food halls. Now they were amazing!!
We then hopped on the Tube and made our way to Elephant & Castle (on the other side of the Thames) so we could visit Metropolitan Tabernacle.
This a church that has been running since the 1600's and in the 1800's the actual building was finished. The famous preacher Charles Spurgeon was there in the 1800's and would preach to thousands. The building was partially destroyed by fire in 1898 and then bombed in WW2 but the facade and portico is still original. We had a look in their bookshop and the man there kindly showed us around the actually church interior.
By now fatigue was setting in so we figured out which bus to get us back near our hotel. We decided on a bus as we could just sit and see more, rather than the train this time. Also, when changing trains on the tube, there is a heck of a lot of walking!! Sometimes we felt like we walked a kilometer just trying to get from platform to the next - what a maze!
and passed Marble Arch
Back to the hotel
where we allowed ourselves to have a 2 hr nap - no more or we wouldn't sleep later!
Of course, I couldn't sleep! But the boys were so sound it was hard to rouse them.
So after a bit of a freshen up we headed out on foot a couple of streets away
to the main street of Bayswater where we had a lovely dinner at the Bayswater Arms.
Delicious fish & chips for me!
Back to the hotel for a well deserved good night's sleep!