With the blossom making a welcome appearance on the London grey skyline, we decided to carry on from The Shard and take a round walk around part of the City. So, once again, grab a custard cream and sit down with a cup of tea and we will do the walking for you...
First up, it was lunch time so the perfect stop was Borough Market just a hop, skip and a jump from The Shard.
We all went for different things, Mumsy with Pie and Mash, Miss Teen and her friend Mr J with kebabs, and for me, Brick Lane salt beef beigel (if you are ever in the East End's Brick Lane you really MUST stop off at the Beigel shop! This was a must in my early years when out on a pub crawl!!).
After refreshments, it was time to walk along the South Bank, past the medieval Clink Prison dating back to the 1100's!
Then back towards the wonderful Thames where life on the river was busy as usual.
Then onto the outside of The Globe Theatre, a reconstruction of the theatre where Shakespeare's plays were acted out 400 years ago.
Onto the Millennium Bridge looking at the decorated chewing gum on its floor (my post showing this and the artist is here).
And looking over towards the South Bank. I loved looking through the lens at this possible Hen Party group who were quite clearly enjoying the street performer's songs.
Followed by pleas of being able to take over the microphone. He was more than happy to have a little break and let them sing to the passing crowds.
Over the Thames we walked with the boats still enjoying the river.
In front of us was St Paul's Cathedral with the Fire Brigade Memorial in the foreground (oh and Mumsy).
The pink blossom looked so beautiful against this incredible landmark.
We walked on to the Museum of London (the link is in my side bar) to listen to my Grandad in a Blitz exhibition (an emotional time as Mumsy hadn't heard his voice since his death).
And then, "Let's go to the Tower of London"...
I was beginning to admit defeat with the long walk and my delicate feet, but a sit down in taxi for the short journey to the Tower was very much appreciated!
The colourful Beefeaters, still busy with the constant stream of tourists coming to hear and see this incredible place.
The last time we were here there were poppies everywhere, but now the green grass has replaced the sea of red (my sunset post of a very special day is here).
The archer looking over the changes below.
Continuing our round journey, we walked past Traitors' Gate (thankfully not through it!).
And then onto Tower Bridge.
And then back to the Shard for our trip back home.
Apparently we walked five miles. Incredible for my tootsies and something that four months ago I would never have thought I would do again!
I hope you enjoyed the two London posts. It's been a while, but I am back up and
running walking again!!
Have a lovely week ahead.