We are staying just south of the Thames, in the Elephant and Castle district. It's really great here. We are right across the street from the Tube station. It's super multi-cultural, the apartment is very big and there's a Tesco grocery store just a short walk away. Being in the center of London does take some getting used to, though. It's really loud! But the pros completely outweigh the cons and we really like it here.
The London Eye was amazing. You go in a short 4D film beforehand that is really cool. It snows and there are bubbles to add to the experience. Then you cross the street to the line up. Luckily for us, they felt so badly about the vouchers that we were given priority and escorted to the fast track area. So there wasn't a queue. I, fearer of heights, was a little worried about being on it but it wasn't scary in the slightest. You are in a huge enclosed space and move slowly continuously.
To top it off, the food was excellent! I had the steak and kidney Pie (just as good as my Pappy's), David had fish and chips, Eskedar had a burger, chips and onion rings and Bereket went all out and had pheasant! He was happy to have eaten both major dishes in Roald Dahl's "Danny, the Champion of the World" (he and Eskedar read it in Kandy, Sri Lanka). He had Toad in the Hole at Ali and Orlando's (thank you, again, Orlando) and Pheasant in London. Perfect!
We had a great lunch and enjoyed visiting with our Irish waitress. She had just returned from a trip around South East Asia, so we traded travel opinions and stories. We even found out that her mother's maiden name is Quinn! A long lost cousin of David's, perhaps?