Where has this week gone? I know we had a long weekend but somehow it has just slipped away. My weekend was fabulous. We went to London for the Pageant on the Thames and had a wonderful, albeit very wet day. I was going to post some photos but guess like me you are all Jubileed out, so thought you might like some alternative shots of London.
Before we arrived at our hotel in Southwark we spent Saturday morning just walking around the city visiting some of the sights. We were certainly very lucky with the weather, sunshine all day.
We started by visiting St Katharine's Dock - a haven of tranquillity nestled in the heart of the City next to the Tower of London.
The docks are built on a site with over 1000 years of dramatic history and can be traced back to the 10th century. There is evidence of there having been a dock here since 1125 and throughout the ages it has housed a hospital and a monastery. The name has been traced back to Elizabethan times when the area around the hospital was thriving with busy wharves and almshouses.
Today the Marina houses up to 200 luxury yachts and historic barges
After a stroll past the Tower of London we ventured on to the old Port of London Authority Building in Trinity Square. I love architecture and this fine example of Corinthian columns are absolutely stunning.
One of the many wharves that line the River Thames which have been
restored into apartments or shopping malls
This is part of the London Roman Wall which was built around 190 and 220AD and stretched for about three miles from Blackfriars to Tower Hill. This defensive wall protected what was then the important Roman city of Londinium.
After a quick turn-around at our hotel we ventured across the Millennium Bridge towards St Paul's Cathedral and found this lovely old Inn on Ludgate Hill where we stopped for lunch
This is one of the few pubs in london that can justify the 'Ye Olde' in its name. It was well known in the 17th century and prior to that had been a guest house belonging to a 13th century Carmelite Monastery and the vaulted cellars are thought to belong to that building.
This is the address - don't you love it?
On that note I'll leave you and go and grab a glass! To be continued
tomorrow with our afternoon's jaunts
See you soon x