Tower of London, more Westminster, London Eye and crusin the Thames

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The spot where the jewels are kept
We started by going to the Tower of London. Once the Tower opened we headed straight for the crown jewels. These jewels were quite impressive. We were actually there with only a few others. The jewels include the crowns and scepters that are used for the coronations of the kings and queens of England. We then went to the white Tower, where among other things we saw a Norman toilet. We also saw medieval armour and swords. We completed our time at the Tower of London with a Yeoman Warder's tour.

After the Tower, we hopped on a bus to Trafalgar Square. We had a quick lunch at the Silver Cross pub. I had fish & chips. They were enjoyable but nothing too special. We made our way to the Churchill Museum and the Cabinet War Rooms.
Picture of Flo from the London Eye
This is the spot Britain’s plans for WWII were made. There were several different map rooms and other secured areas. Most of the area is similar to what it would have looked like in 1945.

We then made our way over to Leicester Square and then Covent Garden. Covent Garden was especially interesting. There were several street performers that were pretending they were statues. When you put money in the box they would react. I put money in this one girl mimes container and she and she wanted a kiss on the cheek, so I obliged.

We then made our way across the river to the London Eye. We got great shots of the city of London. After the eye, we took a cruise down the Thames back to Tower Hill.
In front of Tower Bridge
The cruise was a great way to see London, it was also good transportation since it took us back to where our hotel was after the eye.

After a 20 minute nap, we went to eat at a Pakistani restaurant called Tayyab's. This restaurant was crazy. There was about 30 or 40 people waiting inside the restaurant for a table. The restaurant doesn't serve alcohol since it is Muslim owned, but they allow you to bring your own. So many people in line had a bottle of beer or wine in hand. After about an hour in line, I decided that I needed a drink so I bought a litre of beer at a nearby convenience store while Flo stood in line. I thought I would have finished the beer by the time we got a table, but I was wrong. We were in line for at least 2 and a half hours. Believe it or not other people were waiting too. Letting people drink in line is probably a good idea. I ordered Kharidi Lamb and Flo ordered Tandoori chicken. We both agreed that the food was great. I would say this is easily in the Top 2 Indian restaurants I've been too.

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The spot where the jewels are kept
The spot where the jewels are kept
Picture of Flo from the London Eye
Picture of Flo from the London Eye
In front of Tower Bridge
In front of Tower Bridge
Tower of London
Tower of London
Tower of London Gargoyle
Tower of London Gargoyle
Another Gargoyle
Another Gargoyle
A Norman toilet
A Norman toilet
Looking up at the Prisoners tower
Looking up at the Prisoner's tower
Fountain at Trafalgar Square
Fountain at Trafalgar Square
Mime statue at Covent Garden. I ki…
Mime statue at Covent Garden. I k…
Flo at Covent Garden
Flo at Covent Garden
View of St. Pauls Cathedral
View of St. Paul's Cathedral
An honourable place to get your he…
An honourable place to get your h…
Parliament
Parliament
Flo in front of the entry
Flo in front of the entry
London
photo by: ulysses