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Out and About in London

5 Aug

Enjoying lovely weather on this visit to one of our favorite cities. We’ve been seeking out places we’ve never been to, such as Little Venice, and are revisiting familiar haunts.

Boats Along Grand Union Canal

Boats Along Grand Union Canal in Little Venice

Along Grand Union Canal

Along Grand Union Canal

Coot gliding in the canal

Coot gliding in the canal

Grand Union Canal

Grand Union Canal

Paddington Station, home of Isambard Brunel's Great Western Railway

Paddington Station, home of Isambard Brunel’s Great Western Railway

The Victoria pub

The Victoria pub

Strange but tasty salad of  poached salmon, avocado, beans, grapefruit, oranges and arugula

Strange but tasty salad of poached salmon, avocado, beans, grapefruit, oranges and arugula

Can't do London without some fish and chips!

Can’t do London without some fish and chips!

Phenomenal display of ceramic poppies at the Tower of London

Phenomenal display of ceramic poppies at the Tower of London

Phenomenal display of ceramic poppies at the Tower of London

Phenomenal display of ceramic poppies at the Tower of London

London Bridge as seen from the river bus

London Bridge as seen from the river bus

Houses of Parliament and Big Ben

Houses of Parliament and Big Ben

Chihuly chandelier at the V&A

Chihuly chandelier at the V&A

Ceiling at the V&A

Ceiling at the V&A

Paddington Pair

4 Aug

The Victoria

The Victoria

On the way to Hyde Park

On the way to Hyde Park

Duck in the Serpentine

Duck in the Serpentine

Feeding the Ducks and Swans

Feeding the Ducks and Swans

Room 204

Room 204

The bathroom even has a heated towel rail!

The bathroom even has a heated towel rail!

We arrived at Heathrow on schedule around 10 a.m. GMT and caught the Heathrow Connect train to Paddington Station. A very short walk brought the two of us to Hotel Indigo Paddington about an hour before our room was ready. No worries. They stored our bags for us and told us we would be VIP guests of the day. This entitled us to a complimentary wine and cheese platter and breakfast tomorrow morning will also be on the house. The cheese selection was generous and quite tasty and we both opted for beer in place of wine to satisfy our parched throats.

A leisurely walk in the neighborhood brought us to the Serpentine in Hyde Park. What a lovely summer day! On the way back we stopped off at The Victoria, a glorious old pub, for more refreshment.

We checked into the hotel about an hour ago. Our room is very small but is stylishly appointed and chock full of amenities including free bottled water and sodas, coffee and tea making equipment, free champagne and fresh fruit. Brad really did his homework in finding us such nice accommodations for our stay.