We caught the bus to North Greenwich and the Jubilee Line to Green Park and walked through
The gates have to been seen to be believed. I did not catch the gold, being on the wrong side and facing the sun.
As you can see by the flag, Her Maj was at home but did not invite the colonials in for a cuppa.
Tourists were coming from all directions and gathering to see the Changing of the Queens Guard.
There were more police than you could shake a stick at and moving people along from walkways where they were inclined to linger. We found a good vantage point but we had forty minutes to wait. While hatted, it was very hot in the sun. As soon as R said we can't stay here standing in the sun for the next hour we quickly moved on.
S'pose I should do some research. Right, Queen Victoria Memorial. There must be more statues of Queen Vic than anyone else in the world.
We found a seat in the shade after shoving a couple of old ladies off a bench and watched the passing parade and the soothing fountain.
We had decided to see what we could see from The Mall, the wide ceremonial avenue leading to the palace.
Isn't it just stunning.
Various people involved in Changing of Guard came and went, some on foot and some on horseback. Police yelled at people who tried to cross from one side of The Mall to the other at inappropriate times.
It was really quite good standing under the shade of trees in The Mall.
I took this 20 second video. Turn up your speakers. Great fun and I wish I had recorded for a little longer.
We were to meet Marie at the Police Memorial further along The Mall at a certain time so we wandered along and greeted Marie and came across the Changing of the Horse Guard behind Whitehall.
We decided to lunch in one of the various terrific pubs in Whitehall. We are close to Big Ben, to Westminster, Charing Cross, Trafalgar Square but there are just normal pubs in Whitehall. We had a window seat.
I only realised later that the last time we were in London we lunched next door at The Old Shades. This time it was The Silver Cross. Also the last time we lunched in Whitehall, god botherers shut down Whitehall as they demonstrated. This time it was a demonstration in support Tommy Robinson who was gaoled for breaching the peace. Briefly, he filmed Muslim men in an English town as they attended court charged with grooming underage girls for sex. While I have sympathy for the cause, let the courts decide without interference. It was as much an anti Muslim protest as much as anything.
I am not sure what this spire is.
Charing Cross Station but it is not The Tube Charing Cross Station, as we learnt.
Marie walked us on towards Covent Garden.
The dark woman had been singing opera and and a donation collection was underway.
Marie took us on to the Royal Opera House. It's a stunning building.
My shoelace had become undone. As we descended the Opera House stairs, I sat down to tie my shoelace. After doing that I looked up and a stern looking guard was just behind me. I expected to be told off for sitting on the steps, but instead as Marie told me, and he asked, he was just concerned that I was ok. Nice.View over Covent Garden.
We had to backtrack on the Piccadilly Line to Green Park to catch a Jubilee Line train to London Bridge where we bought a couple of things including our train tickets to Brighton for the following day. This is iconic building The Shard, better viewed from a distance.
The plaza between London Bridge underground and the regional trains? I didn't notice the colourful people at the time.
Back at North Greenwich and the 422 back to our hotel.
We caught the 188 bus to Greenwich and had a drink in The Mitre but did not fancy it as a place to eat. This was an impressive beast parked illegally in Greenwich.
We had dinner at the Rose and Crown, which I think is a gay pub. We were urged to participate in karaoke, but nah. Amazingly the menu was exactly the same as that at the pub in Whitehall where we lunched. Whitehall had run out of hummus for the nibble platter, but the Rose and Crown had not. I am sure the pub kicks off at some time, but it was very quiet when we were there. We caught the 188 bus back to our hotel.