We have a nap and see the Palace and Eye

Trip Start Jun 26, 2011
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Trip End Jul 30, 2011


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Monday, June 27, 2011

Monday 27 June

Keith:
We Arrived at Gatwick 10:05 AM and took the Gatwick Express to Victoria Station after buying tickets at the station. We had to change trains in East Croyden and got to Victoria station at 11:25. We walked to Best Western from Victoria Station and checked right in so we were in our room at 12:15. It was the hottest day of the year at 31 C so we had showers and a nap to recover from the overnight flight.

Best Western Victoria Palace 
60-64 Warwick Way 
London 
SW1V 1SA
For phone bookings please call
08457 76 76 76
For general enquiries please call: 
0207 8217113
 
The room is small but works well with good AC and shower. It's 3 floors walk up with no elevator but they bring your bag up for you. We get going at 5:30 and buy tickets for the Eye at the hotel office. We walk past Buckingham Palace, St James Park and Big Ben on our way to the Eye. It's a busy city with lots f traffic, cyclists and pedestrians so you have to be on the ball or get taken out by a "Lorrie". Buckingham Palace wasn't to busy like we heard it was yesterday from other travelers. After some hassle exchanging our voucher for Eye tickets we go to the express line and get on the Eye after about 20 minutes. It's a good view for sure and the highest point in London so says Rick Steeves in his travel book. The Eye doesn't stop normally for loading or unloading but it had a problem this day and quit for about 15 minutes. Then it started again in the opposite direction before stopping, starting again until we got off after and extra 20 minutes. They shut it down after everyone was off and there was some very frustrated people. It certainly is worth doing when it works. We walked back past Westminster Abby and stopped for supper at Rochester Wine Bar which is 5 minutes from our hotel. It was good food and pleasant service.
London Eye to Best Western hotel
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