The tour over we took our own time to wander around, seeing the crown jewels, amazing suits of armour and taking in the history of the place. We spent hours, it was fascinating. With the sunshine, it was busy but it is a big place and I have to say the crowd of small children with homemade crowns were gorgeous.
We wandered around up the Thames, shared a burger at a pub and made our way to Westminster. We saw the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey (it has another £16 entry fee!) just as it started to spit rain so we called it a day. Which was probably just as well as by then we had managed to get ourselves rather sunburnt - yes you can get sunburn in the UK.
It is just lovely to be able to return to our friend's home for a meal and to put our feet up ready for a day when the plan is shopping.