The third day of stay in London has arrived. I have planned a long trip for today. We will see the most interesting monuments of the city – St. Paul`s Catedral, Monument, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Also we will go to Traffalgar Square and Picadilly Circus. Soho and Chinatown districts will be visited too.
Beginning of the walk around London – St. Paul’s Cathedral
We get off at St. Paul`s station. Saint Paul’s Cathedral is our first point on the trip. It’s huge and it’s hard for me to capture it in the frame.
We go south towards the Thames and pass a monument. We get further from the cathedral, but we can still see it when we look back.
After a while, we reach the Millenium Bridge. We don’t go through it because we have other plans.
We follow the street along the Thames, then turn left north to look for McDonalds. The day before, using an internet map, I marked in the guide where all these restaurants are, so that depending on when and where we got hungry, we could eat something. Taking the opportunity, I take a few shots about the everyday city center of London – red buses, taxis, hurrying people.
The best vantage point in London
After a short break we enter the monument. 331 stairs lead to the top. From the viewing platform you can look at the huge city. On the first side, we see, among others, the cathedral of St. Paul’s, where we were earlier, and on the other Tower of London – our next destination and Tower Bridge.
After leaving the monument, we receive commemorative certificates. We go towards Tower of London. Behind us you can see the receding monument.
Tower of London
We reach the goal and then walk around the building on the left. We don’t visit it inside although it’s possible.
Tower Bridge – city visiting card
A bit further we go down to the street from which you can see Tower Bridge – the famous bridge, which often appears on various wallpapers or paintings. On the right we pass the Tower of London.
We cross the bridge on the right. In the middle we stop for a moment and take photos. Firstly I take pic of what I see straight ahead, then on the right (glass skyscrapers in the City-financial center of London) and finally on the left (in a moment we will be there).
We descend from the bridge.
A walk on the other side of the River Thames
After leaving the bridge, if we want to go along the banks of the River Thames, we must first move slightly away from it. We walk a bit around the crowded city streets. Later we get to the square with a fountain, where people sit and rest. This place is visible in the photo from the bridge, where I wrote that I photograph what I see on the left. This time I photograph the other way. The bridge from here represents really nice and interesting. I get the idea to take joint photos using the self-timer. I set the camera on the wall and an interesting photo of the Tower Bridge and the local fountain comes out.
We walk west along the Thames.
We stop at a fountain because I notice that birds sit next to it and splash in the water in a rather funny way. I start photographing them. People passing by were interested in what I was observing and stopped to take pictures themselves.
Just past the London Bridge on our left we pass Southwark Cathedral. I can only capture a piece of the building. The cathedral is quite big.
We pass the next bridge – the Southwark Bridge, and right behind it we see the Millenium Bridge and St Paul`s Cathedral on the other side. I step on the bridge for a moment and take a lot of pictures from it.
Behind the bridge we can admire soap bubbles of various shapes, which are made by a man. This arouses a lot of interest among passers-by.
London Eye, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament
We go further, then pass another bridge. After that we enter the promenade. There are many restaurants on the left, street artists also have their place here. After a while, we finally pass the London Eye, and on the other side of the river we have a view of Big Ben and Houses of Parliament.
We stop at McDonalds to eat and relax, and then cross the river across Westminster Bridge. We can take a closer look at the Big Ben tower.
Beautiful cathedral Westminster Abbey
A bit further there is a Westminster Abbey. Next to Canterbury Cathedral and St. Paul’s Cathedral it’s one of the three most important Anglican temples. Almost all rulers of England were crowned here. A German gentleman approaches us near the cathedral. He has a problem with the camera’s resolution setting. He knocked on the right door because I solve the problem in 30 seconds. It was a bit surprising for him but he is very happy. He asks where we are from and knows a few words in Polish, among others “thank you”.
Rest on Traffalgar Square
We reach Traffalgar Square along the Whilehall street. A lot of people start exploring London here, and we could say we finish in that spot. We sit by the fountain and wait for Asia, with whom we are to meet here. We admire the fountain, Nelson’s column and the National Gallery building. It’s sunset.
The famous Picadilly Circus
The cousin comes and we head to the Picadilly Circus intersection. There is a statue of an angel called Angel of Christian Charity.
London gay district – Soho and Chinatown – Chinese district
From Picadilly Square Circus Asia takes us to Soho, called the “gay district” and Chinatown – the Chinese district. In the evening it’s very “orange” here – the streets are beautifully lit. After a while Andrew joins us and together we go to the pub to eat something, and then for a drink. That’s how we spend the evening and come back to the apartment at night.
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