It turns out we weren't the only ones going to see the queen. If this is what watching the changing of the guard is like in the off season I would hate to be there when it was busy.
After Buckingham Palace we walked through St. James Park to the Churchill War Rooms. This ended up being my favourite tourist attraction in London! It was fascinating to snake our way through the underground space that comprised the Cabinet War Rooms during World War 2. History literally oozed out of the walls as different audio clips played, and the personal audio guides we were issued when we started the tour were excellent. To see where the decisions that eventually led to Hitler's defeat were actually made brought this period of history to life. If you visit London I highly recommend adding this to your list of things to see.
The British Museum was next on our list. Before I left Karsten's recommendation for The three days I was going to be in London was to spend 2 1/2 days at the British Museum and do everything else in the other half day. Now I see what he meant. There is so much to see at the British Museum I think you could spend a month there and not scratch the surface. The inset picture is the Rosetta Stone, perhaps the most famous item within the walls of the museum.
We then took a taxi to King's Cross Railway Station in search of Platform 9 3/4. When I told the taxi driver that was where we were headed he informed us that if we went Into the station we would find all the platforms there. Clearly he was a Muggle.
I am almost embarrassed to admit this next part, but we went back to Jamie Oliver's restaurant again. Oh my. Wild boar sausages might be my new favourite food!
We closed out the day with a concert. The London Bach Singers were performing at St. Martins in the Field Church, and tickets were very reasonably priced. We ended up sitting in a box next to a lady from Scotland who - get this - has never heard of the place where we are going walking. This makes me nervous. Plus, the minute you mention to anyone here you are going to Scotland to hike they get this particular look on their face, often followed with some comment about how they hope you have appropriate clothing. Again, it's rather unsettling. Oh well. There's no turning back now!