With Britain in the middle of a heatwave I was determined to get in on the action. Lowly Folkestone is right on the coast and never reaches the hottest temperatures since it’s almost always cooled with a breeze. To make the most of the weather I decided to jump on the train and take a day trip to London where I seemed to join the world and his wife in exploring Britain’s historical capital city. I had intended to visit the British Museum because I’ve never been but once I got there it was so busy that I turned back around! With no other plans and no money to spend I took a hike, literally. This photo essay shows some of the sights I saw along the way.
|The statue of Eros in Picadilly Circus|
|The entrance to Chinatown|
|I took a picture of this cool looking building and it turns out to be Google’s London HQ!|
|All the people! July obviously brings the crowds to the capital. Outside the British Museum.|
|Rebuilding while maintaining the original frontage. Pall Mall.|
|Regal looking door knocker. Selwyn House, Cleveland Row|
|I bet he wishes he could stand at ease. Wearing a bearskin and full tunic in 30degree heat must have been unbearable.|
|St James’ Park lake with view towards Horse Guards Parade and the London Eye|
|Pretty flower – foxglove? – outside Westminster Abbey|
|Buxton Memorial Fountain, Victoria Tower Gardens. This fountain was built to celebrate the emancipation of slaves in the British Empire in 1934.|
|View of the Houses of Parliament from Lambeth Bridge|
|Lambeth Palace – the official residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury.|
|Street entertainer in Covent Garden|
|The most amazing ice cream from Patisserie Valerie, Covent Garden|
I had a brilliant day and because I left my Oyster Card at home and refused to pay full price for the Tube or bus I walked more than 7 miles! It was great exercise but perhaps a little excessive when it was so hot! It reminded me of my ridiculously long walks around Singapore.