On Friday just gone I headed up to London with my ma and the baby. I love London, I was born there and my parents lived there for years till I was 4 when we moved to the South Coast. I love exploring and learning all about it, although I don’t think I’d like to live there. It was wet but that didn’t put us off and we did a fair bit of exploring! We walked from Victoria down to Embankment pier, which takes you past the Houses of Parliament & Westminster Abbey. We then got the Riverboat Taxi east towards Greenwich to do a ‘flight’ on the Emirates Air Line, which are the ski lift-esque pods over the Thames next to the O2 arena. The boat takes you at a leisurely pace through the centre of London so you can snap away at all the iconic buildings, then goes at a fair lick towards Canary Wharf and the west. We stayed out on the deck on the way there, watching some amazing buildings and bridges whizz by. I also got extreme riverside apartment envy at some of the amazing looking penthouse apartments we passed on the north bank of the Thames. I might spend a bit of time googling the estate agents tonight so I can have a nose at what they’re like inside!
We disembarked the boat at the 02 (the river taxis/clippers are really pram friendly!) and went to have a look for somewhere to eat in the 02 centre itself, after watching people climb up the outside of it to the top for a few minutes. We ate at Byron Burger (disappointing, probably wouldn’t visit again!) where Athena ate her first gherkin!
The last photo was a result of my camera getting confused about whether to focus on the rain drops or the outside, but I quite like the result! Note to self: learn to use manual focus. After our adventure in the sky we got the riverboat back into the centre of London (we sat inside in the warm this time and I had a mini nap) and then strolled up through Leicester square, along regent street and into Liberty of London so my mum could have a browse and a reminisce (and so I could ogle the stationery and candles) and then strolled along in the drizzle down Oxford street and had a browse before getting the bus back to Victoria and the train home! A lovely day indeed!