After dropping off our luggage at our hotel, we took a bus to Buckingham Palace to see changing of the guard ceremony. Since our hotel locates right across the Thames from Big Ben, within a couple minutes we were admiring the Westminster and other beautiful architectures in central London. We also passed by Horse Guard Parade and saw British guards on horses. It was quite a sight to behold.
We were both starving, so we had brunch at Inn the Park. We didn’t have high expectation of British food, but the maple cured bacon over pancakes there was heavenly! We also tried the spicy bean stew, poached eggs and maple bacon dish, which was also delicious. Chi complained that we ordered too much bacon, but I didn’t mind at all.
The restaurant has a nice view of a lake in St. Jame’s Park.
After brunch, we took a stroll in the park before arriving at Buckingham palace. The gate was already crowded with people so we settled at a spot across the crosswalk.
I remembered from my last trip that the guards delivered a festive rendition of Mama Mia and other pieces, so I was really looking forward to a fun-filled ceremony. However, this time most of the ceremony took place inside the gate so we couldn’t see much. Even though Changing of the Guard was a let down this time, we still enjoyed our first morning in London. After all, it’s hard to complain when we had perfect weather and good food in London.
This is one of the posts for our two-day stay in Europe, for other posts, please see:
- First Morning in London: British Guards and St. James’ Park
- London: Museum and Sights along the Thames
- Half-Day trip from London: Greenwich
- Tower of London, and Churches
- Paris to Athens: Our Whirlwind Itinerary