Hello this Friday night from London. Raining on and off today and I'm seriously jet-lagged. I was up at 3 this morning and had to come back to the hotel to take a nap this afternoon to try and get on UK time. WEDNESDAY Quick flight down from SFO and 3 hours in the Flagship Lounge at LAX. I enjoyed some chicken corn chowder, cheese, chips, and a small turkey sandwich. Salmon, green beans and a salad were also available. Arrived at the gate for the 1845 London flight on AA to find my name at the top of the upgrade list (1 of 12), same place it had been when I left SFO. Didn't think I stood a chance once they started boarding the flight and the display hadn't changed. Walked up to the gate agent for a final check before boarding, and she informed me that two seats in business class had just opened up out of nowhere, and gave me a new boarding pass. I was in the very last row of a 52 seat business class cabin on the new 777-300. First time on this aircraft for me as AA only uses it to Sao Paolo and select London routes. Enjoyed an Argentinian Malbec with my dinner choice, haddock. After dinner, ice cream and Baileys. Had to stop the flight attendant when she came back for my third refill as I did want to sleep. Excellent service the entire flight. The other dinner choices were chicken, garden lasagna, or fillet of beet (gone by my row). This plane has a new entertainment system that rocks. I watched The Heat with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. After that I searched the available CDs and found they had some of my favorites (only listened to Boston, but they also had Cosmos Factory and greatest hits from the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac). Wide variety from jazz to classics to current music---you'll not be bored on this flight. Had a light breakfast of cut fruit and yogurt. Cereal or scrambled eggs were also available. THURSDAY Landed at 1230, 45 mins early due to favorable tail winds, bringing our flight time down to 9 hrs 45 mins. By 1310 I was on The Tube on the way into London and Paddington Station. I have a hotel near here. Nap on arrival and went out in the evening for a long walk around Picadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Covent Garden, and then over to Charing Cross for Tube back to my hotel. Made a sandwich stop at Pret A Manger and that was plenty after all the food on the flight. Aircraft photos are on the front page of this gallery: http://tom911.smugmug.com/American-Airlines/American-Airlines-My-Carrier/i-6KHmH7B Christmas lights approaching Covent Garden: FRIDAY Did the hotel cold buffet breakfast at 9 pounds ($14.40) plus 12% service. They had an assortment of croissants, cereals, yogurt, fruit, sliced meats and cheese served from the bar. Not a big selection but enough to avoid going out to search for something at 8 in the morning. Cloudy skies when I went out at 0930 and walked from Paddington over to Kensington Park and Palace, about a 45 min walk. Met some U.S. tourists from New Jersey at the palace and took a photo for them. Right after that it started to rain and I needed to get out of the park. Walked out to the street and boarded the #10 bus to Kings Cross, which stops at Euston Station, so I could pick up my rail and ferry tickets for Monday. Good hour bus ride over there, passing Marble Arch and Selfridges, going down Oxford Street, passing by Tottenham Court Road where the intersection is still all cordoned off due to railway construction, and then arrival at Euston. Realized after I arrived that I had copied down the booking number (10 digits) when the kiosks needed the reference number (8 digits), so could not print my tickets. Back to the hotel for a break.