10/14/2007 - We covered a lot of territory in London today. 17,486 steps according to Haley's pedometer. First, we had a "Full English" breakfast at Jesmond Dene's breakfast room. A Full English is 2 fried eggs, a piece of bacon, a large link sausage, baked beans and all of the toast, coffee and tea you would like. After breakfast we walked down the street 200 yards to Kings Cross Station, site of the famous Harry Potter Platform 9 3/4. Took the underground to the Tottenham Court tube station to meet up with our "London Beatles Walking Tour", which, of course, was just up our alley. A little on the corny side, but there was a large group of about 25 of us following the tour leader up and down streets and alleys to peer in the windows of Paul McCartney's office building (MPL Productions) and other sites in the city proper.
We saw where 'Hey Jude' was recorded and the former Apple Corp. headquarters building where The Beatles did their final rooftop "Let It Be" concert. It was a 2 hour walking tour and it was a beautiful day for it.
Coolest of all, was Abbey Road Studios where we stopped traffic in the famous cross-walk.
Pretty much the same way the boys did it (at least we thought so) ------------>
Everyone signs their names on the Abbey Road studios wall -- I wonder how many times a year they have to repaint that wall?
And we weren't done yet. Next we hopped back on the tube, this time traveling under the Thames to the South End where we took a ride on the immense London Eye ferris wheel.
It is a 45 minute slow revolution that does not stop when you walk in the capsule. The entire city was laid out for us like the best 3D map ever. After, we strolled along the Thames River and crossed it on an ultra-modern footbridge. Spectacular!
Time to head back to our beds, after passing the Big Ben tower just when it was glowing gloriously in the golden light of sunset. We ended up with a pint at the Nag's Head pub in Covent Garden. We certainly got our money's worth on the London Underground today.