Back in July when my sister from New Zealand was visiting and staying with Brighton sister we all met up in London for the day. I meant to blog about this at the time and didn't get round to it, but better late than never. As her children are at the age when they are finding out about cities like London, she wanted to do the traditional tourist sights. And actually, even though I lived in London for a few years in the 80s, I hadn't seen some of these either. First of all we went to see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Now I do have a video clip of this which I tried to add but apparently it's too big and my attempts to cut it failed but you can see it on You tube anyway. There was a lot of standing around in hordes of people before watching the bands parade by. 'Avocado,' said the policeman on crowd control duty. At least that's what it sounded like to my daughter, used to Northern accents. I explained that he was simply encouraging us to move in to leave the pavement clear and to .... have a cuddle. I remarked to my sister that crowd control outside BP must be a pretty boring job and the policeman who overheard me agreed!
After that we walked down Birdcage Walk to Westminster Abbey along the edge of St James' Park where running under the sprinkler provided more entertainment for the six year old than Buckingham Palace. Big Ben chimed midday as we arrived in the square. Some of us were getting weary as you can see from the picture so we continued our sightseeing by river boat.
It was quite a hot day so sun cream was needed.
We travelled under Tower Bridge and all the way to Greenwich where we climbed the hill to the Observatory and had a look at the Meridian Line. This was of passing interest to the now rather tired children as the 12 hour time difference means that they are up and getting ready for school in NZ when we ring on a Sunday evening.
We caught the boat back and got off at the Tower of London. Then we travelled by London bus, catching a number 15 and getting seats at the front of the top deck. This was great as we travelled through past St Paul's and Fleet Street and parts of the city I'd not seen before. We got off on The Strand and finished the day in Covent Garden watching the street entertainers.
It was sad saying goodbye for another couple of years but we'd enjoyed our family day out in London.