Saturday, 25 April 2015

London - visiting the Tower, and undying love

We had a long planned trip to London today, with 21/25 of our girls attending. We took 5 leaders, a YL, two parents and two Guides too, so we were quite a group! 

Here's what we did, with detail, so others can use our planning if it can help.

Train from local station to Euston: we booked the tickets months ago, and with the help of our amazing local station staff, we got 31 of us to London for £130 - pretty much the same cost as a walk on peak  ticket for one from our station! We used Friends and Family Railcards as using these was much cheaper than group tickets, and carefully booked an early train to ensure we got the best rate.

Nice side note - our seats were marked Reserved Brownies, plus our station staff had an activity pack for every girl!

Underground: several leaders had oyster cards, and everyone with one of those or a day travel card (which we bought for other others) can take 4 under 11s through the luggage gate without paying for them, so we really got value from these. We planned our route to go round the centre to Tower Hill rather this through the middle of London, as we were there at the same time as Anzac commemorations on Whitehall and at Westminster Abbey, and St George Day celebrations at Trafalgar Square. We wanted to avoid those as it would be so busy, so our route took us off to the east and then South.

The main point of the trip was to visit the Tower of London and see the Crown Jewels. We headed straight there, and three of the girls made their promise on the travelator past the crowns! Then we divided the group up, sending one lot to the Bloody Tower and then to follow an actor being Thomas Cromwell around, and the others visiting the walls and towers around the edges, then the White Tower in the middle.

We had group tickets for this too, so we could walk straight in without queueing, although actually it was a fairly quiet day and we wouldn't have had to queue too long.

Special mention for the Brownie who asked if all diamonds were as expensive as the ones in the crowns and when I showed her my wedding ring with three small diamonds and said it wasn't worth a lot but I loved it anyway, she said: "because it came from your undying love?"

More to follow - lunch, the afternoon's entertainment, the unexpected bonuses and returning home. 


smalltownme said...

It sounds like a great trip!

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