Heather and Gary in Europe - Spring 2014 travel blog

The line-up at the ticket office (tkts) to buy half-price tickets for...

The pagoda at Kew Gardens.

A very pretty water lily in a greenhouse pond at Kew Gardens.

Monday May 26

It was raining when we woke up but we did not change our plans for the day to head to Kew Gardens.

Before going to Kew, we first took a bus to Leicester Square where we waited for a short while in line to buy half price tickets for a performance this evening. We purchased tickets to see "Relative Values", a Noel Coward play at the Harold Pinter Theatre just off Leicester Square. We then had breakfast at the Cafe Rouge just around the corner from the ticket shop. It was really nice.

During our breakfast, Gary finally was able to touch base with his cousin Chris from Australia who just happened to be in London. We arranged to meet her for lunch tomorrow in Knightsbridge.

At mid-morning we took the Underground (using the Piccadilly and District lines) to Kew, where we spent a few hours walking around enjoying the extensive grounds and conservatories. We had lunch at the gardens and continued to walk around until after 3:30 before taking Underground back into London. We headed to our hotel for an hour or so before making our way downtown for dinner and the theatre.

We had dinner at the same restaurant as our breakfast. All we had time for was a main course and a glass of wine. Both were excellent. The show was very funny and we thoroughly enjoyed it; (basic plot - traditional English upper class family threatened by the marriage of the heir to a US film star).

We caught two buses back to the hotel and became quite adept at jumping on and off London buses. We seem to recall that we had done this as well during our last visit to London in 2012.

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