Moving right along . . .
Our first day in London was spent visiting both the Natural History Museum and the London Science Museum, both of which were right by our hotel.
The Natural History Museum is in a spectacularly beautiful building. See?
We took a few photos, checked out the gift shop and an exhibit or two, then got horribly lost among a thundering rain exhibit that was freaking the Meyers the heck out while looking for the exit. Also notable at the Natural History Museum: Rhys asked for an "apple", so we handed him a packet of applesauce and he bellowed "NOOOOO!!!" while arching his back and flailing. So, I oddly did have an actual apple in the backpack (how I got so lucky, I don't know) which I peeled WITH MY TEETH and handed to him. He chomped on it happily for half an hour. The kid eats whole apples. WHO KNEW?
After the NHM we walked next door to the Science Museum which I'd heard has a great play area for kids under 5. Guys? "Great Play Area" doesn't even come close. This thing was HUGE. Expansive. There was a water play area w/ waterfalls, boats and SMOCKS to keep kids dry(ish). There were MASSIVE brick sized Legos with wheelbarrows to cart them around in. There were alphabet games, number games, musical instruments . . . it was a toddler wonderland. Rhys played down there for several HOURS.
After which we went back to the hotel for a nap before heading to the Tower of London to witness the Ceremony of the Keys. It was quick, hokey, fun and FREE! Especially considering the "free" part, I'd recommend it highly. Our Beefeater spent the half hour before the ceremony explaining the history of the event to us, repeatedly referencing how we'd hear a bugle player who was really a drummer. Meyers was asleep in the Ergo this whole time yet, lo! When that drummer with a bugle started warbling (he really couldn't bugle!), Rhys woke up all "Whoa, what the . . . , who? where? WHAT IS THAT NOISE?!" A few minutes later, we took this picture: