Okay, so we landed in London after our trip on the Eurostar underneath the English Channel from Paris, France to London, England. We had a few problems with our organised pick-up from St Pancras Station, but eventually sorted that out.
We arrived at Hilton Docklands right about check-in time (opposite the Financial District of Canary Wharf). The Hotel is a bit average for a Hilton in as far as the service isn’t what one would expect from such a big chain, but is clean enough and considering it was renovated from old warehouses, one cannot expect too much now, can one?
So, today… Andrew took us on a 4 hour walk-about-town in the Westminster quarter of London. We caught the underground to Westminster Station and headed topside. You’ll see in the London Calling page the photographs I have taken and you can follow the area we walked on the map (link below).
So.. we started at Westminster and walked up past St Margaret’s Church and then to Westminster Abbey. I hope you enjoy the photo’s of the doors. Paul, they’re especially for you because I know how much you enjoy a good door photo!
We then headed to Trafalgar Square for coffee and then onwards and upward to Buckingham Palace along The Mall. Most of my photo’s are along this beautiful boulevarde. You can see shots of the Victoria Tower and Elizabeth Tower (often known as Big Ben after the bell that is housed within it) and both form opposite corners of the Palace of Westminster (Parliament House). Okay, that’s enough history for you lot… You’ll also see a photo of statues of the Late Queen Elizabeth and her Husband King George vi.
We moved up to the palace and took a few photo’s around the front and side of the grounds whilst heading up to Hyde Park to the Winter Wonderland. You might notice what we all believe are a few coppers checking out a mobile phone in the doorway of the Palace while the Palace Guard is doing his job properly and not doing anything at all. The last shot you’ll see is the eastern wall with a very spikey and not so friendly top. Do not lose your frisbee over this wall!
No photo’s but we headed up to the Winter Wonderland held in Hyde Park. Now this was a really really busy place. How busy? Glad you asked. Imagine a lift that holds 10 people. Now put 15 in it. Multiply that by 1-2000 and fill it with Hot Apple Cider, Mull Wine, lots of sausages and as many sweet things as you can. Stick it full of 200 rides and you’re starting to get the idea. It was very Christmassy and very pretty. Glad that’s over!
So tomorrow we’ll be off to do a few things for Geoff including a visit to some trendy places that he’s been suggested. I hope you’ve enjoyed this little catch-up on todays events and I’ll add another blog after we’ve been to the Fat Duck Restaurant, been to the London Eye, Tower of London and whatever else we’ve come up with over the next couple of days. Take care for now. xxx