London in Pictures

side entrance-fortnum & masonLondon is one of the world’s great cities, with something for everyone. In honor of the Olympics, I’m sharing some pictures of London sights.

If you’re a foodie, London might not be your first thought. But their food markets are wonderful. Fortnum & Mason is a well-known store with exquisite windows and food displays. The first picture on this blog is the side entrance, and gives you an idea of the uniquely British decoration. The Royal Family does business with this store.

Harrods, the department store has beautiful displays of food to eat there or to go. Check out the candy display and this fanciful cake. Harrod's candy display (2)The cake is actually for sale for 2,000 British pounds, about $3,000 US.

Last, but not least, for you pet lovers, Harrods has an adorable pet shop.

Harrod's pet store-dog 1

See more of my London pictures here.

 

 

London for Tourists

London has amazing historical sites that you shouldn’t miss.

Photo of Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Here’s Westminster Abbey. My kids wanted to go inside because that’s where the marriage of Kate and William took place. Hubby and I had already been in, so we decided to walk over to the War Rooms which have been preserved intact from WW 2.

This is where Churchill and his top war ministers lived while London was being bombed. It’s all underground, quite tiny and spartan. The kitchen gives you a good idea of how they lived.Photo of kitchen in Churchill's underground bunker After the war ended, they discovered the underground bunker was not properly constructed and never would have survived a direct hit from a German bomb. But, for the duration of the war, they at least thought they were safe there.

Our reward for taking in some history is that we saw the Queen drive by in a big caravan of limos. This was in June of 2011 and she was celebrating her birthday. There was no one around because she was merely on her way to Buckingham Palace 2Buckingham Palace, where they were having ceremonies. We didn’t tell our kids. They would have been so disappointed to have missed her.