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‘We’re going to walk 25km’: London tourists bemused by rail strikes

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Chris Hwa could not believe his luck when he logged on to buy tickets for the Harry Potter theme park. “I thought it was my lucky day – there were so many tickets.

Then I realised what was happening,” he said.Hwa, who had flown from his home in Los Angeles to visit his sister in St John’s Wood, north London, became one of thousands of tourists caught up in the biggest rail strikes for three decades.With the trip to the attraction near Watford abandoned, Hwa walked to Madame Tussauds with his sister Christine Schelander instead. “We were going to see the changing of the guard [at Buckingham Palace] but it’s too far to walk really.”Outside the celebrity waxworks attraction in central London a large queue of bemused tourists was forming.

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