Monday, December 26, 2016

Aquarium

The aquarium was a nice addition, though certainly quite underwhelming after the fun and interactivity of the London Dungeon and the beauty of the London skyline.

Family Picture Attempt

Not sure this quite makes the cut - though certainly a scenic backdrop.


Views from London Eye

After a really, surprisingly enjoyable time in the London Dungeon, we made our way to the London Eye.  Some great views of the city on a clear day and a chance to enjoy some of scenic London.











Big Ben


We spent the day downtown seeing some of the big sights.  With a pass, we got tickets to the London Dungeon, the London Eye and the Aquarium.  We also had Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum as part of the package (though were unable to work in the latter). 

Nice to get to see some of the world's most iconic sights - right on the banks of the Thames.





Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas Day

With everything closed, especially transportation, Christmas Day was quite the low-key day staying in our AirBnb.  Kids caught up on a bunch of Harry Potter Movies after such a great Christmas Eve. We also had the chance for cooking something for our Christmas Dinner.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Butterbeer Ice Cream, Platform 9 3/4 and Privet Drive

The last half of the Harry Potter tour had even more incredible sights.  We got to visit the restaurant and have some butterbeer ice cream (yum!).  We also got to see Platform 9 3/4, Privet Drive and the amazing to-scale creation of Hogwarts, complete with snow and impressive lighting. 








Harry Potter Studios


Thanks to eagle eyes and a cancellation from a few weeks ago, we were able to get tickets for Harry Potter Studios  on Christmas Eve.  This was a definite highlight of the trip for the kids.  Amazing to see the attention to detail and how all of the movies were made. 

Such intricate props and elaborate sets.







Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas Market at Hyde Park

We managed to meet one of Rania's friends, Anika, who was also visiting London.  We met at the Christmas market in Hyde Park, where there were rides, food and plenty of places to spend British Pounds.  The kids were some crazy daredevils with some of the very, very high rides. 



Thursday, December 22, 2016

Tower of London


It was a definite highlight to get one of the Yeoman Warder's (Beefeater's) tour of the Tower of London.  An amazing storyteller and plenty of confidence and charisma, it made for a memorable tour of the Tower, including its bloody history and intricacies of palace intrigue.