I submitted 4 papers to ICA, and 1 got accepted, so off to London we went. We had 5 (hectic) days in which we managed to see quite a bit in between my conferencing.
Part 1: Days 1 and 2.
Our hotel. But not really.
We had high tea on our first day at Fortnam and Mason. We skipped the Diamond Jubilee tea that celebrated the Queen’s reign, and opted for the Gallery Tea. It. Was. Delicious. I need more high tea and scones in my life.
Look kids, Big Ben!
The Houses of Parliament…and Big Ben. Look kids!
We toured the Tower of London, and did the Beefeater Tour, which I highly recommend. We also got to see the Crown Jewels, which were amazing (no photos allowed). During our tour, our Beefeater asked who got to see the Crown Jewels, then said, “Ladies, look at the diamond on your hand. Now look lovingly at your husband. Now slap him across the face!” It’s hard to compete with a 3,106 carat diamond.
We toured the Churchill War Rooms, where Churchill directed WWII. It was extremely interesting:
I took this while waiting for the Evensong service to begin. I wasn’t supposed to. We’ll just say my finger slipped.
We went to a London-er recommended place for our first ever fish and chips. My friend and colleague Erin was able to join us, and she was very excited.
They were delicious.