Last week hubby and I went to London for a few days. We both love London and usually manage to see some different parts of the city to others (and the fact that my brother, sister-in-law and new baby niece live there is a bonus!).
We stayed close to the Thames as its central to a lot of areas we like and easy to get buses to most places and some lovely walks along the Thames.
This blog post if quite photo heavy-you have been warned!
After walking along the Thames path we cut up towards St Pauls towards the Salvation Army HQ and spotted this church tucked away. If you are in the area the Sally Army has a fantastic cafe. SO cheap and a great selection, sadly we were quite late in the day so all the veggie food had sold out, but we will definitely be making a return visit. We lunched at Mangio (in the very cool sounding Knightrider Street) a great italian, really cheap fast italian food of a box of handmade stuffed pasta, made in front of you, sauce, salad and bread for £7.50)
The view of St Pauls always takes my breath away. I have photographed it from SO many different viewpoints over the years.
Our next visit was to http://www.stbrides.com/ otherwise known as the Wedding Cake Church (as its spire resembles one)
In the Medieval Chapel this plaque commemorates the family and the staff of Associated Newspapers who lost their lives in the World Wars.
There is also a Roman mosaic pavement and an exhibition about body snatchers
You can see why it is called the Wedding Cake Church to many!
On one of our walks we stumbled across this, love the old tiles on the outside of the building
At the Museum of Film we spotted these (we didn't go in but this was in the lobby)
We also popped into the British Library, as we often do and this time there was an exhibition of Alice in Wonderland, there was a no photography sign up so no photos of that, instead here is an advertising sign I spotted on our walk to the library (starting off in fleet street) and this bank all painted was opposite St Pancras station
In Westminster (New Burlington Mews) I spotted this alleyway with fabulous gates and wall paintings
and as we cut through from Carnaby street to Soho this mosaic caught my eye
Not sure where I spotted these two (I think one was in Islington on a trip to Cass Art)
These pigeons are by Patrick Murphy and are a response to homelessness in London (the notice about them explains they are often seen as unwanted guests-banished from centres and branded a nuisance) and helps raise money for St Barnabus on Greek Street.
We also visited the British Museum. There is SO much to see there we usually only do one exhibition on each visit, this time it was the Egyptian rooms.
I couldn't resist a quick look round one of the textile exhibition there as well though!
This is the body mask of the serpent demon Kaliya and was made in a monastery where Krishna's heroic life is re-enacted each year
These masks also form part of a dance where the crane demon Bakasura is
killed in the forest by Krishna.
This is a weaving technique (Lampas) which is now extinct throughout the whole of east Asia. During 1500-1800 they produced textiles with a ground woven with one set of warp and weft threads, and a pattern woven with another set of warp and weft.
Another day I took hubby to the UCL Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery (I know how to treat my man!!). This was for an exhibition in their library of Embroidered Minds a collaboration about the epilepsy of the family of William Morris.
It was a thought provoking exhibition and something very different to do on holiday.
I love the old buildings in London, there is always a photo opportunity, even if it is an old fire escape!
Or even one of the old signs
As we wandered around the area we stumbled across this blue plaque
Without a doubt, the Thames at night is a beautiful sight
They even lit up this building especially for Valentines weekend!
We also popped into Somerset House for the bigbangdata exhibition (not the best I have seen) and the Wellcome Institute for Tibet's Secret Temple exhibition (which was awe inspiring).
So there you have it, another trip around London and some quality time spent with the family.
Always a shame when it comes to an end, especially since the buses in London are so frequent and seem to work really well-unlike Bristol!