We have been looking forward to this trip for a while now - five days in London together with friends who we cruised with on Adonia's Grand Asian Adventure in January this year. We joined the Virgin Trains Glasgow to Euston service as it passed through Wigan.
We are staying free of charge at our daughter's place in the leafy suburbs while she is on a week's holiday in Spain and using the Underground to get around.
Today's plan was to arrive at Charing Cross for a look around Trafalgar Square before walking down Whitehall, past Downing Street towards Westminster where we had a guided tour of Parliament booked for midday.
Tomorrow we have a walking tour booked which will give us excellent views of the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, before we take afternoon tea at an establishment on Picadilly. We will take in a visit to Knightsbridge in between.
We have left Thursday free so we can get as many attractions in as possible within the day before we return to Wigan on Friday.