Subject: Free Day in London
In London, on your free day, I would recommend going on one of the Original London Walks walking tours; this will give you a chance to get away from your coach group and the bus and yet enable you to see something of London (morning, afternoon, or evening) up close that probably would not be included in your Trafalgar tour. Over the years, we have probably taken nearly every London Walks tour and have never been disappointed in one. There are many walking tour companies in London, but we think London Walks is the best (one time, we tried another, and the guide never showed up, so we took the others who were waiting for the guide on our own pub tour for free!) There is a complete website for London Walks, with their complete walks schedule. Right now I don't have the URL in front of me, but you can find it by putting Original London Walks into any search engine. Another London suggestion: find a nice place for afternoon tea. If you go to Fortnum and Mason Store on Picadilly, you can have a lovely afternoon tea in the St. James Room while listening to a piano player. And you don't have to get all dressed up; people come in any casual clothes they have on, unlike someplace like the Ritz where you would have to go back to your hotel and change clothes (plus you would have to book weeks in advance.) If you have a nice tea and go on a pub walk in the evening, you would be able to experience two great English institutions: tea and pubs. Cheers, Pat in Baltimore