This morning we headed off to Harrods ….
We had a coffee each for 3 pounds 60 pence – but it was nicely decorated:
Whilst drinking our coffee we watched a family of five spend my weekly grocery money on ice-cream sundaes. The sundaes were over 14 pounds each and even the toddler got one!! Five sundaes @ 14 pounds equals 70 pounds equals over $140 Australian dollars!! On Ice-cream!! Yes, I'm sure I looked incredulous!!
I bought some Ginger butter biscuits (6 pounds) just to get the Harrods tin – now I have to eat them before I leave so the tin is lighter LOL – won't be hard as there are only 6 biscuits in there!
From Harrods we took the tube to London Tower. When I saw the admission price of 16.50 pounds I wondered how much value I would get from a visit to a place where I could not climb the stairs to the towers. I asked at the Welcome Centre and I am so glad I did. They were so nice and I got a discounted ticket while my "carer" got in for free (presumably because he was not going to enjoy it while ministering to my every whim). They gave me an information booklet which showed the number of stairs and whether there were spiral and small doorways and uneven surfaces and a basic difficulty level for each area in the Tower. I was very impressed.
I am so pleased I asked because I would have bypassed the Tower experience assuming that it would be too hard and not good value for me. I was quite prepared to take a few photos from the outside.
I went into the lowest level of each of the Towers and I saw the Crown Jewels. i could not do the Wall Walk which would've been wonderful but my sheet showed that it was 162 steps. We did not do the Bloody Tower as it has 55 steps; floors connected by a very naarrow, steep and worn spiral staircase, minimum doorway size 51cm wide, surfacing very worn stone flooring. Each Tower and area was listed with similar descriptions of steps, doorways and surfaces.
The Jewel House was described as No steps/minimum doorway width 1.02 m. Surfacing: York stone or wooden blocks both smooth. The jewels are of course stunning but I was really impressed by the fact that each of the safe doors weighs 2,000 lbs!
Of course a trip to London Tower would not be complete without a couple of photos of
London Tower Bridge which is right there. It would be wonderful to walk across the bridge but I think that will have to wait for another trip!