after a smooth flight we arrived in London on time but tired. Poor Holly has added a severe cough to her bad constant headache and neck pain but she is a trooper. We arrived at our hotel-the Hilton Paddington in 15 minutes from Heathrow via the Heathrow Express-very efficient. walked right into hotel lobby and only had to wait about an hour for our room after arriving at about 8 am. after a brief nap we took on London via a hop on hop off tour bus-saw most of the important sights as well as did some shopping (not buying) along Oxford St. We hit the famous Selfridges (made famous by the PBS show, founder by an American from Wisconsin who transformed British shopping) as well as Mark & Spencer. Took a lovely cruise along the Thames past Parliament, the Tower of London, the London Eye, etc. was a perfect day sunny but not too hot. the crowds were enormous. Monday is a bank holiday so British people are already celebrating and shopping and touring.