ORFORD AND CODD TAKE LONDON BY STORM
Welcome to London
- the capital of cool...
Ms. Codd joined us for the London leg of the tour, where we ran
every part of our proposed itinerary for November. You're going to love
starting the tour in such a vibrant diverse city! It is a 24 hour destination
which has a 'daytime' culture and a pulsating 'nighttime' culture. Despite what
is on the news about London, we felt very safe
as we walked around the neighbourhoods of central London.
Royal Albert Hall
The features on our itinerary on Days 1 and 2 are all exceptional.
The Tower, the Palace, the Cabinet War Rooms, the Imperial War Museum,
Parliament, the Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral and the London Eye are awesome
attractions and easy for groups like ours to navigate. We have a much clearer
picture of the routes we should take and some neat stops we should make such as
the shopping in Covent Garden, lunching along
the north Embankment, standing in the middle of Piccadilly and gazing upon the
attractions of the Circus. We spent some time in South Kensington and took in a
theatre show in the West End.
Gherkin Building dwarfs the Tower of London
The key to successful management of a city like London is the Tube - all
of you will have to try riding the famous subway system for at least 3 stops -
we have some good suggestions.
Now some tips:
- London is expensive - lunches can be 5-10
GBP if you want a sandwich and a drink
- There are always line-ups
(queues) for attractions...even in November
- Crowds are to be expected
- Museums are (usually) free,
but everyone has a gift shop - so be careful
- Shopping can be very easily
accomplished....but don't feel compelled to buy things as soon as you see
them....take your time to shop!!
- Pay close attention to street
signs and watch traffic carefully.....remember driving is on the left
- If you expect to use Wi-Fi on
a regular basis, it costs $$. Even Starbucks charges - so get your
Starbucks Wi-Fi Card registered before you leave home
- Hotels have very small elevators,
if they have them at all - they call them "lifts." Most hotels
just have stairs.
Lots more to show and tell when the school year
Have a great rest of the summer. Get your presentations
finished and don't forget to contact the DCMA with your numbers soon!
View from the London Eye looking down on Big Ben and the Thames River
New London City Hall