Vikki: Well it's a "you al rite" greeting from us in the land of tea & biscuits. We've had a hearty welcome in London from family and are well settled in. The weather is around 14-20 so we are in jackets, jersey's and hats - such a change from Asia. Been catching up with different family members, the kids are a hit and are being spoilt rotten. Am loving the food & drink and finding it a lot cheaper than we had thought. It's so cheap, we are struggling to hold back from buying everything. Chocolate is ridiculously cheap, and the kids have been given so much we'll be eating it all round Europe. Just as well we are into a daily regime of sit-ups and push ups (started in Asia - well me and the kids anyway) in a effort to keep some level of fitness and not turn into tellie tubbies. We headed into London today for a day of sight seeing. Awesome - full on with tourists but such amazing things to see. Beautiful old buildings and bronzes, flash cars, and people from all walks of life - it couldn't be better.
Raj: It's been 20 years since I last visited London and coming in summer this time (well, almost) makes a huge difference. It's light for about 15 hours, the streets are clean and buzzing, the parks green and the trees lush with leaves. Seeing the sites at this time of year has been a treat. I really enjoyed Windsor Castle - the size, history and artefacts - and we have and will see more sights before and after Europe. I'm almost accepting of my English roots! It's been great to meet the wider family and the Patel hospitality has been incredible. I've enjoyed trying lots of new beers and my uncles like to drink (every night is pub night). Together with unlimitless choice of food and treats (chocolate and ice-cream) my stomach is happy; however I haven't brought myself to do sit-ups like the rest of the family - just too lazy but hey, I'm on holiday.
Harley: It's great being in London. Over the last few days I have found lots of money (1 and 2p coins). We have been to Windsor Castle and I saw furniture, paintings, armoury and the biggest dolls house in the world. It has been nice meeting new family. Today we went to the London Eye, it had great views at the top. Then we went Buckingham Palace and saw Prince Phillips' 92nd birthday celebrations which had lots of horses in a parade. One horse did a wee (a really long one) and it held up the group as the horse stood still until it had finished. Finally we went to Hamleys, a 6 storey toy shop. I bought a mystery UFO. It's amazing how many flash cars there are everywhere. My favourite one that I've seen so far is an Aston Martin. I've had a ride in my uncles' BMW and Mercedes - that was pretty cool. And later in the week I meet another uncle who has a Maserati.
Anoushka: I am very excited to be in London. On our first day in London we went out and bought a whole lot of food. We have been to Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Hamleys toy shop and Piccadilly Circus. Today, after we went on the London Eye we went to Jubilee Garden and had a play on a big climbing frame. Later we walked to Big Ben and we were there at 12.00 and heard it chime. My favourite part of the day was when we went to Hamley's because there were loads of cool toys to look at. We saw a man using these magic pens, and he drew my name in 3D. Mum thought they we really cool so she bought them. Then I found a really cool magic ball which did tricks and it looked like you could pass it through one part of your body and pull it out the other side. I used my own money to buy one because I thought they were cool.