London

Yesterday I went into London for a morning conference and then to do a little shopping. When I went I took my camera with me, and so I thought it would be nice to put a couple of the photos online. Big BenThe London EyeThese photographs were taken in the morning (I was on the way to a conference). It was a cold and crisp morning. I went up to Oxford Street later on, also Regent St (visiting Hamleys). Though the illuminations were pretty they would not have photographed terribly well from street level.

If you intend to visit London, the London Eye is well worth a trip. It's very smooth and the capsules are enclosed, so it feels perfectly safe. Do visit the toilet before going on board though, it's a 30 minute trip! The Eye is the tallest thing around, it was very impressive to see it winched up when it was erected.

A hint for visitors, in busy periods (e.g. summer) go into County Hall (next to the Eye) and buy a ticket for later in the day. Go away and do something else. The tickets all have are all time coded, and buying one for immediate travel can mean that you have a long wait which is not long enough to do something else. Also buying an advance ticket means you go to a different ticket desk and the queue is usually shorter here (in the summer, the queue for immediate travel snakes round outside). It is possible to book online too (they call it a 'flight').