Our last day on tour started with a typical lovely breakfast from the Bedford Swan Hotel and we said goodbye to the staff and headed out of Bedford on our way to London. Another really hot day was greeting us and the lowest daytime temperature for the whole tour was 28C. I thought we lived in the sun burnt country, this sun burnt country over here surely now has the same tag!
Our visit today was to the Imperial War Museum, Hendon. This museum would be the best in the world for the display of those aircraft that were part of the history of the RAF. The Bomber Hall is filled with the early and latter bombers of the 2nd World War and there are quite a few very rare planes on display. The Museum had been upgraded and opened in time for the 100th Anniversary of the RAF.
The museum is a particular attraction to students and children as the interactive exhibits are very modern and interesting. Some really interesting displays are located in each of the Hangars and the First World War exhibition is jammed packed with artefacts from the period. We stayed 4 hours and then made our way into London to visit the Bomber Command Memorial. A wonderful Memorial that opened in 2012. The long wait for a Bomber Command Memorial to be built and dedicated was, in the end, worth the wait as it is one of the finest in London.
We proceeded through the traffic to our hotel, Pullman London and following our check in and settle we are meeting to visit the Skinners Arms Pub for dinner and a drink before we all go our own ways. Another great tour that met all our aims.