"London Calling"

Trip Start Apr 18, 2007
Trip End Jun 29, 2007

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Maybe I shouldn't have pre-empted today when stating last night that it seems like every city is going to have one bad day. The omen today was starting off in the shower without a towel and missing breakfast. The egg and bacon sandwich from the little shop across the road would have been good, had I not splattered myself across Lancaster Road like a blown-over scarecrow and done likewise with the sandwich. Fortunately no bodily injuries...

Yesterday was a train trip into the countryside of Kent to visit old (but never elderly) friend Laura P. This was also the one chance to get out of London. It was good to catch up and take her dogs for a wander through the local woods, climbing stiles and wandering along public bridleways through private paddocks. The country train system also proved very reliable.

Today's itinerary was to play the tourist. Changing of the guards, Westminster Abbey, assorted city sights. If the crowds at Buckingham Palace were light, remind me never to come in August! From there, we walked through the parklands to the Horse Guards, past Downing Street (now gated off from the public) to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.

I did the tour (10pound entry, 5pound tour!) and although expensive, it was an informative 90 minutes led by a humourous verger. Unfortunately, no photos allowed - the carved ceilings, woodwork and tombs are quite spectacular. Saw the Coronation Chair and sat in the Australian Governor-General's chair in the choir stalls!

A slow amble back home, punctuated by a threatening giant of a man on the tube chanting anti-war songs at passengers. Glad we don't get that on the Sandringham line. We continued our pub crawl, having another counter tea further up the street. Strangely, no-one around here seems to know about lemon, lime and bitters.
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lizch on

Good suggestion
Jenny - I second that suggestion to visit the Soane Museum - his own house filled with the most amazing colection of antiquities - but it has odd opening hours I seem to remember.
have fun

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