|St Paul's Cathedral and the Millennium Bridge|
The plan was to go via London to Somerset (in the West of England). However, A's cat was unwell a few days before I was due to arrive in London and we agreed that we would wait till the poor puss cat recovered before heading off on our adventures. Fortunately the puss cat in question fully recovered and with only a couple of days delay we were able to head to Somerset.
As it turned out the delay was just as well as I arrived in London in the Friday afternoon and my luggage arrived the following evening!! British Airways left my luggage in Edinburgh for the FOURTH time in recent years!! Grrr AND it had a "transfer" label on it..... anyway it was finally delivered via a circuitous route by a courier and all was well.
While we were waiting to head West we spend a bit of time around London, visiting the newly opened Shard. The Shard was by far my favourite experience in London in recent years and I thoroughly recommend it to anyone visiting the city! You get a time of entry but can stay up on the viewing platforms (enclosed and partially open but very safe) as long as you want. We went up early evening and watched dusk fall and the lights of London come on. It was fabulous! Here are just a selection of photos - sadly with reflection from the windows which is unavoidable mostly.
For those who know London you can see right over South London past the Crystal Palace antennae, out to the QEII bridge, the London flood defence, over to Wembley arena, all of the Olympic Park and everything in between. It's brilliant!!
Of course there is the iconic Tower Bridge, wearing a crown in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation jubilee (or whatever the correct technical term is!).
|Tower Bridge with HMS Belfast nearby|
|Tower bridge (again)|
|A close up - we just missed the bridge going up!|
|Houses of Parliament|
|The Old Billingsgate Market|
|The Old Custom House|
|St Paul's Cathedral|
|Tower of London|
|The iconic BT Tower|
|Lights of cars snaking through the city|
|Crystal Palace Transmitters|
There are two viewing platforms. The top one has no roof but is well enclosed to stop anyone jumping off or throwing anyone off!
While along the floor leading through the lifts are reminders of the history of the city, and how London grew up very much around a river which was central to it's existence.
Many of the old buildings are now surrounded by modern commercial buildings but a view from the top reveals the layers of history held within the city.