Sunday 27th August
We woke up on Sunday still a bit tired but much better then the night before. We got ready and headed off to go to Buckingham palace to see the changing of the guards that was at 11am. We got coffee and some toasted sandwiches on the way which were yummy.
There was thousands of people standing outside the Palace for the same reason we were. Some must have been there for hours to get a good spot. There was too many people really and we could barely see anything so we didn't stay long after we finished our sandwiches and coffee. We walked down St James Park to find Big Ben at the end of the street and we could see the London eye Ferris wheel from that part of town too.
We caught the train from Westminster Station to St James Wood so we could go to Abbey Road. We were both wearing out Birkenstocks and our feet were starting to get a bit sore as we hadn't worn them in. Jazz quickly got blisters under her feet and mine were getting red and raw. We were cursing Deva for telling us Birkenstocks were comfortable (just kidding).
After getting some pictures at the Abbey Road crossing we went back to Baker Street to visit the Beatles shop & then go to Madame Tussaud's.
We had to get bomb tested which we were starting to realise happened most places around London.
Madame Tussaud's was really fun, probably more fun than I would have expected and we were joking around and being silly as we walked though all the different rooms. There were so many people there and everyone seemed to be having lots of fun too. They have actors that work there in special rooms for Alien and Sherlock Holmes. We went on this little carriage like a rollercoaster but not scary.
After we left Madame Tussaud's we both felt like a beer and sitting down somewhere to rest our sore feet.
The first few places we went to looked a bit dodgy so we wandered up the street a little away from all of the crowds and found a place where we could sit on the street called Sherlocks bar & brill. We ordered some beers, dip, bread & meats.
After we sat down Jazz was probably taking her second sip and the beer glass slipped out of her hand. The glass broke and her beer went all over the table & her feet. I went inside to pay for a new one but the girl gave it to me for free and came out with a cloth to clean it up for us which was nice. Some broken glass that was on the floor got in Jazz's foot though and cut her because her shoes were off to the side drying in the sun.
The girl brought our food out shortly after which was alright. We had some nice blue cheese but one of the meats tasted a bit like feet.
We wanted to head to South bank next to go on the London eye which we had already bought tickets for.
We thought we'd try catching a bus but it was going to be a half our wait so we walked back to the train station and got to South Bank before the bus would have even arrived.
There was a really big line for the London eye but it moved really quick and again we got bomb tested.
We were in a little bubble with about 20 other people and met some Aussie girls from Tassie that were about to start a 30 day Contiki.
We could see all over London and they had these little tablet computers that you could click on to find out more about the different landmarks. We could see Parliament House, London Bridge and the building where the UK secret service is based out of.
From up there we could see a ride not far away that looked fun so afterwards we wandered over there to buy tickets. The tickets cost £8 each and we literally went up in the air for less than 30 seconds and then came back down which was a bit under whelming.
From up on that ride though we saw this cute bar that looked a bit like the fridge festival with little pop up bars and seats under hanging trees.
We went in and I got some drinks while Jazz found somewhere to sit. We ended up sitting next to this German guy & girl. They both worked/studied in London and it was nice chatting to them and asking them questions. When we were ready to leave we wandered over the bridge to a different tube station and there was a cool busker which we stopped to listen to for a while.
We caught a train back to Farringdon and walked back to our apartment.
We lay down for a few minutes and freshened up before heading off to the restaurant we had booked called Dans Le Noir? Which is French for In the Dark?
The concept of the restaurant is that all of the waiters are completely blind and you eat a mystery menu in pitch darkness. All bags & phones get left in a locker as you can't take them in.
I picked the White degustation menu which was to trust the chef. Jazz got the green menu which was for vegetarians because she was worried she wouldn't like the meat as she's a bit fussy.
We were introduced to our waiter Fabio who placed Jazz's hand on his shoulder and mine on hers so we could follow him into the darkness.
We were sat on a long table and shortly after we sat down an English couple was sat next to us and there were two American guys next to them.
Fabio brought us water & wine and Jazz attempted to pour us some water in the dark. It was a bit noisy and Fabio said the restaurant could seat about 60 people but there was a bit less than that tonight.
We were chatting to the couples next to us and all of the food came out very quickly because it was a set menu.
We literally had no idea what we were eating and because we got different menus to each other we couldn't really compare either. Everything was delicious even though we didn't know what it was. I didn't really like my wine and darkness made me feel a little dizzy. At one point I picked up what I thought was my water glass and took a bit swig but it was actually my wine. Whoops!
The English guy we sitting next to at one point said he had a friend that moved to Australia and that he wanted to go there once he finished studying. We asked where his friend moved to and he said NZ which we all laughed at. He was a bit embarrassed when we realised what he had said.
As we were eating we all said that multiple times we raised our forks to our mouths to find nothing on it. I used my hands for some of mine because I couldn't really tell if there was still food on my plate.
When we were finished eating we came out and got to see the menu of what we were eating. My trust the chef menu had crocodile & buffalo and lots of other exotic stuff I had no idea about. I should have taken a picture of the menu but I forgot.
We walked the short distance home from the restaurant and went straight to bed. We were both still feeling pretty exhausted.