London – a day out …

2014-10-25 13.54.26Saturday 25th October

For some time now I have been seeing pictures of the “Poppies at the Tower“. This is an art installation entitled Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red which is made up of 888,246 ceramic poppies, one for each British military fatality during World War I.

With the poppies due to be removed soon after Remembrance Day, Lauren and I decided that we needed to so see them before they were gone.

2014-10-25 13.23.46A tube trip into the center of London and then a short walk to Tower Hill. We knew we were in the right place as there were hundreds, if not thousands, of other people all keen to see this amazing spectacle. I don’t think anybody could have been disappointed. Even though the weather was overcast, the colour swept round the Tower flowing through the mote between the inner and outer walls. Each of the poppies have now been sold for charity.

While walking round by the Thames side of the Tower, I noticed there appeared to be a Thames Sailing Barge waiting up stream of Tower Bridge; could it be waiting for the bridge to open? Thanks to a quick Google search I confirmed that the bridge had a scheduled lift in just 10 minutes, and so for possibly only the third time in my life I watched Tower Bridge open.

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If you find yourself in this part of London it is always worth checking the Bridge Lift Time.

2014-10-25 14.59.28Having watched the bridge both lift and close, we took a stroll around Saint Katherine’s Dock where we saw Gloriana, the Queens Rowbarge, which had been built for the Jubilee celebrations.

These docks have always held an interest to me as for many years they were owned and developed by my previous employer. To one corner of the docks, facing the river, is a large hotel. When I was a child my father was involved with the hotels construction. It was during a trip to London with my mum to meet him from work that I first saw Tower Bridge lift.

Our next destination was Borough Market. A walk along the north bank from Tower Bridge to London Bridge and then across the river to the south bank. Now London’s foremost food market it has existed since at least 1276. Crammed into a relatively small space underneath the railway tracks, this market is crammed with all things food and drink, from fast food ready to eat, to every kind of ingredient needed to make the perfect meal.

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Finally we headed to Carnaby Street as Lauren wanted to visit Johnny Cupcakes, she had seen a T-shirt she wanted, as well as a few other shops around the area. Before heading for the tube and home, we needed to eat. A small restaurant off the main street caught my eye, the Carnaby Burger Company. The food was very good although the tables were a little too close together and the service a little erratic.

A great day all in all, with a number of items planned and several unexpected bonuses.

 

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