The above shot was actually taken my last full day in London, but it is one of my favorites from the trip. It is not often statues on buildings are painted, and I love the contrast the side of the building creates with the sky. It looks like two photos side by side, but it's not.
Anyway, so we got to London and started on a bus tour of the town to take up time until the hotel was ready. Before the bus tour though we stopped for lunch. The bus parked behind St. Paul's Cathedral and we went and bought some fruit and sandwiches at Marks and Spencers and ate them on the steps of St. Paul's. It was such a great feeling to be back in London! I was sad the bus tour never stopped to let us take pictures of the famous sites, but it was still interesting. Here is a detail picture of St. Paul's I took after lunch though.After getting into the hotel we had to do laundry so we treked off to find the laundromat. It was 3.20 pounds just to wash! That is about $6 per load, and we had three loads. Yikes! Later I did a walking tour of Kensington where we were staying. I love walking around London and just looking at all the great architecture. Here are two pictures I took on my walk. The first is of someone's front window, the second of a plaque marking the home of the author of Wind in the Willows.
The second day in London I was off to see the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, and then Kensington Palace. I had tried to see the Tower of London previously but it had such long lines that I did not have time to get in. This time though I went early and was able to walk right in--no queues and very few people there. There was a ton to see there and I enjoyed the history. Sorry I couldn't resist the standard tourist-y shots here.