The lines were short and we only had to wait a few minutes before entering. The day broke with beautiful sunlight once we were inside and the light for photos was amazing. Westminster is massive. It's Gothic architecture is overwhelming at first and doesn't let up with grandeur throughout the entire building. They starting building it in 1055 and did not finish what we see today until 1550. It is the resting place of many kings and queens, most notibly Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scotts, famous authors and poets, as well as Issac Newton and Charles Darwin.
By now it was 1PM and we'd only ticked off two on the list of six. We decided to pop into a pub for lunch and of course it had to be Fish and Chips...and beer. We then headed over to the Benjamin Franklin House where he lived for six years. We had seen photos of the home when we visited Philadelphia in March. Unfortunately it is by tour guide only and the next tour was much later in the day.
We ventured into the underground tubes for a complicated ride to St. Paul's Cathedral. There was no line, probably because if is $30 to see the church. Our London Pass got us in and we ended up staying well over two hours. The church is massive. This is where Charles and Dianna were married and it was grand in every respect. Done in the Baroque sytle by Christopher Wren it is both beautiful and amazing in many respects. The climb to the top of the dome requires 550 steps, over 3,000 feet up and it is indeed quite a climb.
At this point is was almost 5PM and time to head back home. We wandered around the Tate Museum of Modern Art and then through the neighborhood south of the Thames until reaching the train station. There are many new and very modern buildings.