I wonder who we get more of surrounding us? The squirrels wanting their nuts, or the people captivated by our interaction with the furry beasts. I'm surprised more people don't do it. We knew our first port of call today was going to be Kensington Palace which is in Kensington Gardens/ Hyde Park. So the chance of squirrel activity would be high. As such we headed to the store across the road from our hotel and spent the 79p for a bag of peanuts. Cheapest fun in a bag you could get. Onto the tube and into the gardens. We were a little dismayed when we got there as not a fuzzy shakin' tail was in sight. But once we entered the palace yard there was action. We spent 20 mins playing with them before heading inside the palace. The exhibit was weird. They were trying for an Alice in Wonderland sort of thing but we just came out confused. At least it was back to cheap fun. We had lunch on the grounds and spent an hour with the squirrels. We get asked for nuts by a fair few people but I just say "piss off kid, these are my nuts!" No not really, I quite enjoy the kids all excited until the squirrels run up, then they s*** themselves, drop the nut and run away. Maybe I'm just evil.
After reaching the bottom of the bag we wandered through the gardens and on to Royal Albert Hall for a tour. It is one of the most famous theatres in London, if not the world. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was practicing for their current show, The Hits of Broadway. At least we won't have to buy tickets for that show now.
Back on to the tube and into the Churchill War Rooms. It was the secret bunker that Winston directed a lot of the war from during the blitz of London. It was amazing to me but I think that Jac was just as blown away. Once again standing in a place that has had such an impact on modern history was humbling. We could have spent a lot longer there but were hurried on by their closing time. This will be one place we will definately come back to.
A final attraction of the day was a hobble around Harrods. We loved looking at all the things we can never afford. But at least we can say we have been to one of the most famous department stores in the world.
Tomorrow it is on to Birmingham to see Jo & Margaret. I can't tell you how much we are looking forward to a home cooked meal. 4 weeks on the road with take away makes you really miss those parts of your life.
It's funny that you travel to experience new things yet you spend so much time and resources trying to recreate the comforts of home. Bit weird how that works.