Street Scene, London

Street Scene, London, England

This morning, our tour group were collected from hotel and first taken on a tour taking in some of the key London sites around the River Thames including the Tower of London, Tower Bridge. H.M.S. Belfast, innovative office blocks known as the ‘Gherkin’ and the ‘Shard’, London Eye, Big Ben and the Mall.

London Eye, River Thames

London Eye, River Thames, London

 

Big Ben, London

Big Ben, London, England

Houses of Parliament, London

Houses of Parliament, London, England

View from St James's Park, London

This ended at our first destination, namely Buckingham Palace where our arrival was timed to coincide with the Changing of the Guard. This worked well in the sunshine.

Buckingham Palace, London

Buckingham Palace, London, England

Changing of the Guard, Buckingham Palace

Changing of the Guard, Buckingham Palace, London

Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace

Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, London

At about 12.00 noon we walked down Horseguards Parade towards our next destination of Westminster Abbey. However, we first called in for a light lunch at a local pub, the Westminster Arms.

Westminster Arms Pub

Westminster Arms Pub, London

After we moved on to the Abbey where we toured the French Gothic interior key features of which are:

  • 100 ft high nave.
  • 13th C central crossing.
  • Sanctuary of the High Altar (where sovereigns are crowned).
  • St Edward the Confessor’s Chapel. (He founded the Abbey.)
  • Coronation Chair (under repair).
  • Henry VII’s Chapel dating from 16th century.
  • Poet’s Corner.
  • Cloisters.
  • Chapter House.
Westminster Abbey, London

Westminster Abbey, London, England

After about 90 mins at the Abbey we drove across Westminster Bridge, past the statue of Queen Boadicea to our final destination of Covent Garden where tour group availed of free time exploring this impressive piazza and environs. Formerly a Victorian era  covered fruit and vegetable market the area has been transformed into a place to eat, shop, drink and enjoy the  wide variety of retail outlets. To the east is the renowned Royal Opera House while to the west can be found St. Paul’s  Church which dates from the 17th century and boasts a long connection with the acting profession.

Finally, group returned to their lodgings at the nearby St Giles Hotel on foot.

This day is, sadly, the final day of our small group tour of Britain which started in Edinburgh on  Sept 13th.  Tomorrow morning we  head for Heathrow Airport and other drop-off destinations.

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