Posted by: martha sue | April 30, 2016

Last Full Day in London

We took the tube today to Hyde Park and walked through Green Park to Buckingham Palace to watch the guards march out in front. Another magnificent building in London… Green Park was gorgeous! The flowers were amazing.

Beautiful Flowers at Green Park

Beautiful Flowers at Green Park

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Lots of People at Buckingham Palace and the changing of the guard was over an hour away.

Lots of People at Buckingham Palace and the changing of the guard was over an hour away.

Horses by Buckingham Palace

Horses by Buckingham Palace

We made our way back across Green Park to the tube station and took it to the District Line (Green) where we went North to Notting Hill. Our first stop was for a beer! I had the same kind as the other day… This was the most expensive beer we purchased while we were in London. Notting Hill is an affluent area of London — even though the beer was more expensive, it tasted the same…

Meantime - awesome cold beer.

Meantime – awesome cold beer.

We found Portobello Road and walked down to the market area. It wasn’t as unique as displayed in the movie, “Notting Hill”, but it was pretty cool. I did stop to take a picture of the Travel Bookstore…

The Travel Book Shop - Notting Hill

The Travel Book Shop – Notting Hill

On our way back to the tube station, we spotted this kiosk type building right in the middle of the sidewalk. Upon further investigation, we discovered it was a public toilet. Of course, Jay had to try it out..

Public toilet on Lonsdale Road

Public toilet on Lonsdale Road

For just 30 pence...

For just 30 pence…

Public Toilet - after 20 minutes the doors automatically open.

Public Toilet – after 20 minutes the doors automatically open.

We made it back to the tube station and took it south to Southfields station. we got off and since we weren’t sure how much money was still left on our Oyster card (forgot to check before we left the station), we walked the 15 minute walk to Wimbledon Tennis. Attending a Wimbledon tournament has always been on my bucket list! We were in London in April and there were no matches but they were getting the grounds ready and that was pretty cool to see.

We got to the Lawn and Tennis Museum only to have just missed the last tour. However, they did let us go in and take some pictures and walk around a bit. We also went up to the Wingfield Café and wandered through the gift shop.

Fred Perry statue at Wimbledon

Fred Perry statue at Wimbledon

Wimbledon Lawn and Tennis Museum

Wimbledon Lawn and Tennis Museum

2015 Champions

2015 Champions

Madison Keys is from Rock Island (just across the river from where we live), so we had to take her score on the board… She made it to the Quarter Finals and lost to Radwanska 6-7/6-3/3-6.

Madison Keys at Wimbledon

Madison Keys at Wimbledon

The Wimbledon Shop

The Wimbledon Shop

We took the 15 minute walk back to the station – it was an uphill trek going back — and caught the train back to our hotel. There we packed for tomorrow’s journey home and then headed out for a few beers at our favorite pubs to say farewell to the friends we made.

The Bell and The Bull were the two pubs we frequented the most in our few days in London…

The Bull was right next to the tube station

The Bull was right next to the tube station

The Bell -- was over 100 years old - not the same building, but on the same spot...

The Bell — was over 100 years old – not the same building, but on the same spot…

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