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London charm

London

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We decided to stay above ground today, rather than use the tube after hearing they only clean them every three to four days, and followed a walking route of some key sights. We love seeing the quintessential British post boxes, red double decker buses, black and other coloured taxis and the red telephone boxes.

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First side stop was St. Paul’s cathedral where we spent some time listening to an audio guide of the various components and history of the church and on the hour everyone stops for the Lords Prayer. Inside the church there is monuments, lovely mosaics, the painted dome, some contemporary art and a crypt along with royal connections. After our visit we bought some food from Marks and Spencer and along with many others sat on the Cathedral steps for lunch.

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Energy levels up we headed down Fleet Street to Covent Garden, with a stop off at St Bride’s church, a look at the magnificent Justice building and monuments including one for Queen Victoria. As we neared Covent Garden we passed many show theatres, The Lion King, Mamma Mia the list of shows goes on and on. Covent garden is not a garden but a former fruit and vegetable market that is now filled with shops (some high end and some souvenirs), buskers and lots of people.

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A short walk away passing more theatre shows is Leicester Square with its large advertising screens, the Odeon cinema, the Empire theatre, casinos, competing buskers, a funky clock and a park with statutes including one of Mary Poppins. Nearby there is also a very large LEGO store and opposite that a M and M store over four floor levels with a sickly smell of chocolate as you walk in.

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Leaving Leicester Square we made our way to Piccadilly Circus. A quick visit to the Hard Rock Cafe shop and then a look around the crowded afternoon square filled with young adults, a busker and an even larger advertising screen. We made our way along the streets that resound with the game Monopoly and passed key monuments to arrive at St James Park. The park was full of daffodils and lovely little squirrels foraging for food and darting around the ground and trees.

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At the end of the park and the tell tale road we have only seen crowds gathered on the television is Buckingham Palace, a rather austere looking palace from the outside with a hint of its size and grand palace gates visible. The flag was up which meant the Queen was in residence.

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On the way home we passed Trafalgar Square with a monument to Nelson and the National Gallery at the top of the square. The crowds were thick all the way back to Tower Hill as it was in the middle of peak hour as workers streamed out from buildings and side streets to catch mostly the tube and buses home. We stopped off for a late afternoon tea, Victorian sponge, again eaten on the steps of the Cathedral which we had to ourselves. On the way home a stop off at the Tesco Metro provided a greater array of groceries, a couple of bottles of alcoholic ginger beer went with our traditional British fish and chips dinner.

Posted by bonne vie 14:44 Archived in United Kingdom

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