So, we have booked three nights in London leaving tomorrow and returning home on Thursday. We decided to stay in Kew because
(a) MWM wants to research something to do with the family tree at The National Archives.
(b) We want to see Kew Gardens
(c) We want to go to Hampton Court
(d) We want to go to the Tower of London
We have booked 1st class rail tickets with Virgin Rail, from Manchester Piccadilly to Euston, London, for only £61 each return (because we are travelling off peak ie 11 a.m), and found a 3-room self-contained suite, small conservatory, independent entrance, B&B accomodation in Kew for three nights for £60 per night.
I also found a website that gives you vouchers enabling a second adult to pay half price entry to the places we want to visit if you are travelling to London by train, all you have to do is print off the vouchers and present them with your train tickets when you arrive at the venue to pay!
We also decided that whilst we're visiting the Tower of London we would stay in the centre of London and take in a show and a meal. We've booked dinner and a show - dinner at Porter's Restaurant and "We will rock you" at the Dominion Theatre on Tottenham Court Road - for £37.50 each, and the seats are top prices seats which are anything up to £55.00 each.
We heard on the news yesterday that whilst in London we will not hear Big Ben - apparently it will be silent because it is having essential maintenance - I was looking forward to hearing the chimes.
Of course the trusty camera will be with me, so you can expect photographs when I get back. Be good whilst I'm away.