Big Ben

Big Ben

Houses of parliament

I went into London for a time today. One of the sketches I made is shown here. This was done sitting near county hall, on a very cold day indeed.

Photo of Big Ben

I visited Parliament Square today, then walked past the War Rooms, through HorseGuards Parade and Trafalgar Square. I then dived onto the tube and went up to Tottenham Court Rd. to get an xD card. After this I went out toward St. Paul's, and considered the whispering gallery, but decided against it as the cost is high and time was against me. I then went over the millennium bridge toward the Tate Modern before heading back into the tube (at St. Paul's) and making my way to 'The Gherkin', which isn't the easiest thing to find!

The Gherkin

The Gherkin from below

Westminster Protest

Having seen The Gherkin close to, an impressive structure, I went back toward Covent Garden and met up with the wife, the sister and the sister's bloke. We went on the London Eye, one of the most impressive structure that's out there at the moment. We then went to the Bierodrome for food. Monica and I had Mussels, beer was also had, along with a stick of schnapps (a wooden stick, with holes for schnapps glasses - we had six). My sister had an aubergine thing, and her bloke had chicken.


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').