Today is a bank holiday in the UK so Derick doesn’t have to work. We woke up early to the beautiful glow of sunshine. A rare sight this time of year in London and our first glimse of it in two days. We both showered and got ready quickly, but by the time we left the hotel the clouds were already rolling in. We were not about to let a few rain drops put a damper on today’s busy schedule /shedyool/.
Derick’s work has been gracious enough to acquire tickets for most of today’s entertainment and cultural experiences. First thing today, we are off to the London Eye. The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel situated on the banks of the River Thames, in the heart of London. The entire structure is 135 meters (443 ft) tall and the wheel has a diameter of 120 meters (394 ft). There are 32 sealed passenger capsules (pods) that hold approximately 25 people each. The wheel moves at 0.6 mph and the entire ride took about 30 mins. From the top of the wheel you see the most beautiful panoramic view of London and many miles of the surrounding area.
From the Eye, we hopped the tube to 221B Baker Street and the Sherlock Holmes Museum. A quirky and kitschy place, but is the holy grail of deductive reasoning, puzzles and games, and intellectual superiority for all Holmes and Watson enthusiasts.
The rain had started in earnest by the time we left so we hunkered down for a lovely brunch at a French Bistro called Rare. Spanish omelet, eggs benedict and fresh squeezed juices. When the rain let up a bit, we hopped back on the tube to St. Paul’s Cathedral. We toured around the Cathedral and grounds who’s current structure was designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1669.
We walked back through the financial district past Derick’s office, the Lloyds building and 30 St. Mary Axe (the Gherkin). Back at the hotel for a quick shower and rest before our big night out on the town.
At 5pm we headed to my cousin Annie’s house in the Vauxhall area of town. Annie works as a dancer at Candoco Dance Company and has made an adorable home with her boyfriend Matt. They were lovely hosts for dinner, drinks and a brief evening conversation. We had to depart earlier then we would have liked because we were off to the theater.
Derick’s coworkers had gotten us fantastic tickets to see the Broadway musical Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theater. What a lovely way to spend an evening in London.