On our first day, the Ducks arranged a half day tour of London. Even though I’ve been to London numerous times, its always nice to be a tourist and see the sites, especially with my friends.
Twining Tea shoppe
WESTMINSTER ABBEY – First stop on the tour!
BUCKINGHAM PALACE On the tour we also made a stop at Buckingham Palace. Her Royal Highness, the Queen, was not at home.
The gates of the palace
The Ducks gave us plenty of free time to wander around London on our own.
One of my favorite (and touristy) attractions is going on the London Eye, sponsored by British Airway. Its like a ferris wheel, but you’re confined inside a capsule, and you get a breathtaking view of the Thames and London.
The London Eye Capsule
Sandy and Wally waving from the ground, as we lift off.
View of Parliament, Big Ben, and the River Thames from the London Eye
The inside the London Eye
The capsule directly across from us
A London neighborhood
BIRTHPLACE OF THE STANLEY CUP!
The highlight of the whole trip!!The place Lord Stanley purchased the Cup is located at 130 Regent Street. We almost did not find it. The place was under construction, with the outside all boarded up. The original silversmith/jewelry store was moved, and in its place was going to be a shoe store. The construction worker we spoke to did not know the significance of the plaque. His boss thought it “could be” important so they decided not to remove it.
130 Regent Street is located near Picadilly Circus. Its on the corner of Regent Street and Regent Place.
When you walk through the doors, look up and right (if the plaque is still there!)