London: Day 4

Today was all about tea and shopping.

We had afternoon tea at The Milestone Hotel, and it was absolutely fabulous. The ambience was so delightfully British. I had a lovely tea called Planter’s Mistress, that I’m determined to buy before I leave. The food was abundant and delicious. I had the best scone I’ve ever tasted, and the texture was simply heavenly. I’ve never cared much for scones before, but I’m now addicted to scones topped with clotted cream and strawberry jam. We got the champagne upgrade too, which made the experience all the more decadent.

We spent the rest of the day shopping for souvenirs. We both had things we wanted to get for our families. We ended up at King’s Cross Station, made famous by Harry Potter. I’m not really a HP person, but it was cool to see all the happy people freaking out about it. I was able to get gifts that the family will enjoy, which means British flag stuff for D, and hoodies for the kids. I’ve also bought a bunch of candy that we can’t get in the US. I’m fascinated by all the little differences.

Tomorrow is our last full day in England. It’s also the Queen’s funeral. Our plan is to watch it on the big screen in Hyde Park. Afterwards, we will probably end up in a pub somewhere. I’m not sure what to expect really. It’s supposed to be quite crowded, and it’s also a holiday. So who knows what will happen.

I’ve had a fabulous time here in London. I feel like I’ve seen and learned so much in the short time I’ve been here. I plan to expound upon it in another post. I’m too tired now. That said, I miss my family very much, and I’m definitely ready to go home.

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