Our last day in London and we had a vague idea of what to do, but alas, didn't plan very well.
We went over to the museum area and decided (well, hubby decided) to go into the Science Museum again - probably the 3rd time we've visited. I wasn't overly thrilled to go in again. After leaving I got my 'London treat' at Maitre Choix - a lovely pastry/éclair - this time I finally got the lemon one (I was too early the year before). We went over to the Parliament Buildings (so I could sit and eat my pastry) to see the Baby Trump balloon - but we missed it - it was only 'flying' for a few hours and we were to late (one X against going into the science museum). OK, well, let's finally do the Churchill War Rooms - nope - there was a bit of a line and between an hour wait for the line and the few hours one of the custodians told us it would take to go thru, we just didn't have time, as we had a timed entrance for the Sky Garden. (Second X against going into the Science Museum). Next time we go to London, I'll be booking our tickets ahead for the War Rooms.
So we went to where the Sky Garden is (in the 'Walkie Talkie' building) - they tell you to arrive a little early but we got there about 40 min before so just chilled and wandered the area for 25 min. The views from Sky Garden are amazing - the bar itself is quite nice as well, tho we didn't have anything. Even better since admission is free (you just have to reserve a time slot). Def an alternative to paying for the London Eye or the Shard. No issues going in - just have to go thru security, then whisked up the elevator and you can wander - I thought there was a time limit, but I don;t think they can enforce it.
After we were getting hungry so we went and wandered a bit before going into Mark's and Spencer (to use the bathroom) and discovered they had a cafeteria on site. The food was OK - my chicken burger was a bit dry, but it was fairly busy. Next we walked over to Leadenhall Market - which I keep doing for some reason, even tho there really aren't any shops there that interest me.
Next thing was to try and find the Thornton's chocolate shop - which was shown at a certain address on their website - and we had been to it the year before. But after walking about 6-8 blocks on Oxford St (which was very busy), we came to where it was supposed to be - only to find it was now a cell phone store I believe. Sigh. (I wish companies would keep their locations up to date - the same thing happened in NYC when we walked blocks and blocks to go to a marbled paper store, only to discover it was now a children's clothing store).
Hunger was kicking in again, and there were some really dark, heavy clouds coming. We walked up and down a few alleys with food shops but nothing was appealing to us. Then, some thunder and huge raindrops started falling. We had just passed a place on S Moulton St called Caffe Concerto - and the desserts in the window looked divine. The prices were a little higher than we are comfortable paying, but between the rain and the desserts, we said the heck with it and went in. So, we ordered some gnocchi (hubby) and a chicken Caesar salad (me). It was pretty good, and nice portions. Then there was a bit of a commotion. Our waitress slipped and hurt her shoulder, and was leaving. But we were apparently in No Man's Land for the other waiters. We sat, and sat, and sat, and finally got the attention of one waiter and asked for the dessert menu. And sat...and sat - I think because the waiter didn't think it was his table/area, but forgetting our waitress was gone. Anyways, we finally got some tea/coffee and a piece of cake (which looked nicer than it tasted, but still). Then sat and sat...finally got the bill, but they only charged us for the dessert. Even tho they had cleaned off our supper dishes. Well, we are honest people, so we told them their mistake and they brought out the correct bill. And with the exchange rate, this was probably the most expensive meal we've had - but that always happens in London because our Canadian dollar is very poor against the pound.
By now, it had stopped raining (thank goodness) and it was time to head back to the room to get the packing sorted out.