Last night, Jen, Alex, and I all decided to check out Buckingham Palace in time to see the changing of the guard. We got up a little early for a Saturday and caught the tube to the closest stop. When we got close to the palace, we realized something was going on.
Normally, the changing of the guard is at 11:30, but by 12:00, we were still waiting for the big event. So I took pictures of two finely dressed gentlemen with tophats who stopped to talk to a couple mounted guards.
We headed back to the flat for some supper and rest, before striking out to explore a little more of the night scene. We didn't stumble across too much that was crazy. We walked across the Thames and admired the lights of the city, and stopped by the Tattershall Castle (the boat featured earlier) for a drink. The atmosphere on the boat was still relaxed and nice. There was also a nightclub on board, but only allowed those over 21. Since Jen's not yet 21 yet, we skipped the club and headed to Leischester Square, where we had been told the night life was a little more intense. Boy, was it ever!
The streets were filled with people, and it was 12:15 in the morning! Several people offered us deals to get into clubs without waiting in line, and tried to sweeten their deal in several different ways. Jen and I were both a little overwhelmed, and decided to forgo actually going into a club, considering the late hour. We walked around a bit more, checking out some of the options for next weekend, then caught one of the last tubes back to Holburn station.
Needless to say, it was an interesting experience, that will hopefully have helped to prepare for next weekend, when plans to go out are in the works to help Alex celebrate his birthday.