A couple weeks ago (I’m way behind on this blog business…) it was a gorgeous day so I let Simon skip out on school and we went for a walk in the city. I had no plan, but there are Shaun the Sheep statues about, so I figured we would follow a Shaun trail. I took so many photos though that I’ll have to make the Shaun pictures a separate post. It was really just a perfect day.
First stop: Borough Market, my fave place in London, for a couple macarons.
We stumbled across Hay’s Galleria, an old warehouse that was reinvented in the 1980’s and is now a quiet place for a patio lunch off the beaten path, but right next to the river.
I brought the stroller instead of the scooter this time because I knew we’d be negotiating busy parts of the city and narrow walk-ways. But Simon was in and out of it, which was fine with me because when he was out I could put my camera and bag in it. (Which surprisingly can get quite heavy.)
The HMS Belfast
There is an area on the south bank, directly across from the Tower of London, called More London where City Hall is, along with these fountains.
We went inside City Hall to use the loo and there was this small exhibit of the medals from the Olympics in 2012. Probably the only time I’ll ever see an Olympic medal up close.
More More London. (Hahahaha…)
The White Tower at the Tower of London.
We walked along The Queen’s Walk all the way to Tower Bridge. It was so lovely. Perfect weather.
This was my first time seeing Tower Bridge from the south bank, and my first time walking across it, a London initiation long overdue.
Richard jokes that Simon will get to see more of London than he will, and yet he’ll probably remember none of it.
City Hall and The Shard from Tower Bridge. Is this really my life? I can’t believe I live here.
The Gherkin (A gherkin is a pickle.)
After we crossed over to the north side of the river we found a few more Shauns around the Tower and then meandered our way through The City. (Up until recently I never understood what was meant by “The City” – you can read all about it here
, but it’s basically the central part of London where the business is done. It was the original financial district, before Canary Wharf, but still is bustling with navy suits. It’s not the touristy part of the city- although there is plenty to see there, including St. Paul’s, but it is virtually shut-down on the weekends.)
I texted Richard to see if he wanted to meet up for an impromptu lunch and we found a really tasty place in Leadenhall market. I just happened to stumble upon Leadenhall Market, but isn’t it beautiful?
Check out this queue for the shoe polisher. Who knew people actually did that?
After lunch, Richard went back to work and Simon and I took the tube west and spent the afternoon at St. James’s Park.
Buckingham Palace in the background.
On our walk back to the station we stopped for a bit and watched this royal marching band practicing drills outside The Guards Museum.
It was the loveliest of days.