It was always going to be a long day; so much to see and so much to do, we needed to plan carefully and with military precision.
We promised ourselves a proper London day out; and we definitely got one!
A proper London day out!
The early morning train, tube ride and coffee stops on the way out East to the O2 Arena, Emirates airline to (nowhere really) and amazing views back towards the city and Canary wharf.
The Emirates Air-Line is a pretty nifty cable car, it certainly gives you some height, rising straight up to 90m and a wonderful view of London.
Looking down onto the river we had a change of plan and the Thames river clipper service was a great last minute idea, taking time to swoop around between piers.
We gained a real tourist's eye view of London as we chugged from the O2, past the Isle of Dogs, to Canary Wharf, Royal Naval college at Greenwich and the the Cutty Sark and under Tower Bridge before getting off at a busy Tate Modern pier.
After pizza and posing in Paternoster Square (Dinner Date), a walk around St Paul's Cathedral and back over Blackfriars bridge, the fun continued with a stroll along the embankment, past the OXO tower and sand sculptures of Kevin Spacey to the South Bank, National Theatre, skate-parks and eventually the London Eye amidst the thronging crowds and street performers.
The London Eye never fails to impress - it's at least ten years since I have been on this amazing cartwheel, and it's as good now as it ever was.
That's enough for one day!
Onto the tube, up to Kings Cross, a drink or two and a train home, phew!