The hotel supplied breakfast in a bistro where we could all touch base as a family each morning and plan out the day. Over much of the holiday my sleep patterns were all over the place. Sleeping for bursts and then diving into social media or working out plans and ideas of where to explore in the following days. The internet supplied at the hotel and at other venues far superior to almost anything experienced in Australia. I think for much of the holiday I ran on high energy and adrenaline. A full day was planned starting with coming to grips with the underground but being guided by our daughter. We made our way to Trafalgar square and then to Buckingham palace for the changing of the guard.
We got a good position enjoying the precision, pomp and ceremony. I found it quite amazing between sections how police would stop traffic or start traffic and how around the roundabout became active with normal traffic with cyclists moving quite bravely within taxis, buses, light trucks, and cars. When finished we got closer to the palace gates for pictures. We then made our way back to the underground and made our way to Camden market. The market was amazing with an international food market and a great range of stalls.
We made our way back to the hotel for an afternoon rest. In the evening we made our way to the West end to Covent Garden for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory play at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. We arrived early and explored around Covent Garden a little finding some street performances.
The theatre was beautiful and ornate and had a bar and balcony to have pre show drinks if you wanted to.
The play was quite similar to the movie and had great child and adult actors as well as amazing set designs and special effects. After play back to the underground although the nearest station closed for some refurbishment of entrance so just a few extra hundred metres to the next station and a seamless transit back to the hotel. Public transport in London so very very superior to Melbourne!