A Later Summer Afternoon in London

We’d promised ourselves a trip to London to ‘be tourists’ to celebrate our wedding anniversary – 33 years this year! As always when we go to London, we drove into Richmond Upon Thames in West London to catch the tube.. their is all-day parking which isnt too extortionate (considering its London obviously). We decided on a circular route roughly starting at Westminster, over the river to Southbank, a stop at the London Dungeon, then a walk down to the Millenium Bridge, swinging by St Pauls then head to Covent Garden for something to eat mid-afternoon. The Weather was kind.

Looking toward the London Eye and the GLC Building - now the home of the London Sea-Life Centre as well as The London Dungeon

Looking toward the London Eye and the GLC Building (right hand side of the pic)- now the home of the London Sea-Life Centre as well as The London Dungeon

Looking back toward Palace of Westminster and Big Ben – the whole area was packed with tourists!

BigBen and the Houses of Parliament

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament

A couple of shots of the London Eye now (AKA the Millenium Eye)…. not on the agenda for this trip but well worth it if you havent ‘flown’ on the eye. A flight takes around 30 minutes – awesome views of London on a clear day!

The London Eye in profile from outside the GLC building.

The London Eye in profile from outside the GLC building.

Slightly different perspective from alongside the queue waiting their turn,. I stood on one of the anchor blocks to take this…

Cool perspective from the side.

Cool perspective from the side.

Southbank was very busy. Lots of buskers, ice-cream, fast food, you name it you could buy it in the late summer sunshine. Even a carousel…

Keeping the browsers busy...

Keeping the browsers busy…

Hot? – have a beer in the beer garden under Waterloo bridge….

Beer Under the Bridge

Beer Under the Bridge

Outside the Royal Festival hall

DSCN1240There’s always something to see.. if not a busker.. a nun on a motorised piano – yes really!

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Walking under Blackfriars bridge, looking toward the Millenium Bridge and the City Of London Skyline…

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The Shard was looking very impressive -(note to self.. need to book a trip up!)

DSCN1249St Paul’s looked majestic in the sunshine – always a tourist magnet.

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Looking back from the North Bank of the Thames toward the Houses of Parliament where we started…

Looking back west to the start

Looking back west to the startAl

Although it was very busy (especially round Covent Garden) – we had a great time. A real bonus for me was finding an Italian restaurant in Leicester Square that offered most of its menu with a Gluten Free option. We had a great day – what are you waiting for? Thanks for reading.

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