We went for a bit of a wander around Covent Garden and Leister Square as Jon kept getting us lost and took us the wrong way, so we made sure we complained at him the whole time.
Ugly sweater stand.
Our first touristy stop was to The Monument of the Great Fire of London, which was built between 1671 and 1677. The fire began in a bakery on Pudding Lane in 1666, and was put out three days later. The height of the monument is 61 meters high - the exact distance between the monument and Pudding Lane. I think there were 311 steps... more or less, but the views are absolutely worth the pain!
Next up was the Tower Bridge exhibition. We were taken on a tour around the different areas, although I particularly enjoyed the gift shop!
For lunch, we went to a Dim Sum restaurant called Ping Pong's... I'm still not sure how politically correct the name is, but the food was nice.
Dad had really wanted to go to the Ice Bar, so Jon booked us a 45 minute session. It was pretty quiet in there, but maybe that was a good thing because dad could jump around like a child. We had tequila concoctions in ice cups, slid around on the ice chairs and stuck 10p coins into the ice tables!
A stop at Hamley's Toy Shop.
Later on the evening, we had a drink in Leister Square and then a lovely dinner at an Italian restaurant. We took the train back to Benfleet, very full and bit merry!
Thank you John for organizing such a great day.