Back in London

Trip Start Jul 02, 2012
Trip End Oct 04, 2012

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Rebecca, Robbie and the kids left for home this mornng so we'll look forward to catching up with them again in a few weeks when we head to Singapore.  

After a leisurely breakfast, Michael decided to 'chill' at home while Richard and I caught the Tube in to town and lined up to see the 'London Dungeons'

It was drizzling a little so I popped back to the station to get a couple of papers to hide under.  When I got back a few minutes later Richard was surrounded by a family all talking furiously at him.  It turned out that the Mum, Dad and one of the children were 'too scared' to go to the dungeons but the other 2 wanted to go.  The parents asked us in their halting English if we would mind taking the children in with us because they were not allowed in unaccompanied.  

Slightly taken aback, we nevertheless agreed and so took Dennis (13) and Jenny (8) with us.  They were lovely kids, Dennis' English was actually pretty good (they are from Strasbourg, Germany) and he chatted away to us while Jenny held my hand during the most scary bits.

The tour was very well done with various actors playing the parts of torturers, executioners, Jack the Ripper victims etc.  You go through the days of the Plague, the Great Fire, as well as Jack the Ripper and all the horrible ways they had of torturing and punishing people in those days.  

The final ride had you strapped in to a seat that raised up to an 'executioner' above you who pronounced us all guilty with our punishment to be hanging.  With no notice, we suddenly plunged back to the ground again - the photo tells it all!  The drop was so fast I actually left my seat...hilarious!

When we got back outside the kids' parents met us and we all went to a cafe which was an unexpected delight.

After browsing through a few more shops, we made our way home and had a relaxing afternoon together.

On Friday we went down to Westminster where Richard and Michael played at Namco Station, a big entertainment venue.  It was good but crazy prices -  1 pound per game.  Meanwhile I wandered along the Parliament buildings and around Westminster Abbey which is as big and splendid as in the pictures.

Michael and I jumped on a train back down to Chichester to spend the weekend with Matt and Julia and the kids while Richard is staying in London (what do you think of the new hairstyle?!) to visit the museums we didn't want to join him in going to see and hopefully get in to Lords to see some of the South Africa v England test.

Feeling a little left out because we can't find anywhere to go to watch the Bledisloe Cup, so will have to settle for internet reports....GO the AB's!
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