|Part One Here|
We tackled the Tube again, as we had our Oyster Card, which worked for us the whole time we were in London. It was only one stop to Westminster....It could have been walked but, we knew we would be walking a lot. When we came out of the station, we were greeted by Big Ben. A big Just Think moment for Mr BC. We never did get a good picture of Parliament (the traditional one) but did get this.
We then made our way to Westminster Abbey, a top spot on Mr BC's list. Needless to say no photography in the Abbey, but we clicked as we waited in the line.
Since 1560, the building is no longer an abbey nor a cathedral, having instead the status of a "Royal Peculiar"—a church responsible directly to the sovereign. The building itself is the original abbey church.Construction of the present church began in 1245, on the orders ofKing Henry III. Wikipedia
|Queen Elizabeth I|
By this time we were ready to have a bite to eat, so we went to the Cellarium Cafe which is Zagat rated. Fourteenth-century Benedictine monks once stored their provisions in this bi-level space beside Westminster Abbey, which has been converted into a relaxed eatery where midpriced Modern British eats are served for lunch and afternoon tea; the bright, modern setting has vaulted ceilings, refectory-style oak timber tables and a small outside terrace.
Next up for the day....Buckingham Palace.
* From this point on I won't be referring to how tired we always were at the end of a day of touring, any more, just know that it is implied. I will spare you our pain, it would become very tiresome. Since this wasn't a food tour, we did a lot of room service for dinner rather than going out again. I know this would be anathema to many.....sorry.