At the time, this was as close as you could get to Buckingham Palace. When I lived in London again in 2007, I took a tour inside.
The Elgin Marbles still reside in the British Museum, one of the greatest museums on earth.
The Victoria and Albert Museum not only has a wonderful exhibits, they house them in splendid exhibit spaces like this.
Yes, it rained much of the time during my first visit to London, but for me it wasn't at all disappointing except for the dim light, which made picture taking difficult for a novice like me. I always imagined that Big Ben's chimes would be deafening, but that's not so. The constant street noise gives them plenty of competition.