Every year I try to get down to London. I’m a city girl at heart, and although Edinburgh is a city, it is too small for my liking. I need to go to London to get a proper city fix.
A couple of weeks ago we left early Friday to maximise our time in London. In fact we almost didn’t make it at all. Despite giving enough time to get through security, Edinburgh Airport have changed things around and it is now carnage. We had to run for the gate but thankful managed to catch our flight.
We made use of our Virgin Money Lounge in central London to store our luggage, have a quick drink and sew a button back on my cardigan then headed straight out into all that London has to offer.
We had pre-exchanged Tesco vouchers for entry into a couple of visitor attractions and our first port of call was St Paul’s Cathedral.
I’d wanted to visit here for quite a while but always felt a bit strange having to pay to get into a church. I now see that St Paul’s is actually worth paying entry for. There was heaps to see and you are left to your own devices to wander around and take it all in. I was particularly blown away by seeing the tomb for Nelson in the crypt. We climbed from the bottom of the cathedral to the top and enjoyed the fabulous views of the city.
And the views back down to the floor (which made me feel a bit ill)
Back on the ground floor we caught a couple of songs being sung by a choir.
Our next visit on the list was Temple Church. Rod has long been intrigued by this place and wanted to visit. On our last trip to London the church was closed, but we got lucky this time. It is an interesting little place.
Neither of us are religious, but I enjoy visiting places of religion. I find them fascinating. However, two churches in one day was quite enough and we went off for some general wanderings in London. I love just wandering … existing in a place.
Saturday saw Rod heading off to Milton Keynes for Rugby World Cup training (he is one of the volunteers) so I headed to Islington to do a spot of yarn shopping.
Rod rarely has interest in going to art galleries and museums so I took this opportunity to visit my favourite museum, the V&A.
One of my favourite galleries is the glass gallery.
My favourite thing in the V&A is not an exhibit as such, but a few words that make me feel very rich.
How lucky we are as a nation to have access to so many amazing treasures.
Sunday we enjoyed exploring a favourite area, Greenwich.
We made sure to buy a few Ethiopian samosas from the market then went off to explore a new area, Brixton.
Monday was our final day. We used more Tesco vouchers to escape from the rain and visit the Churchill War Rooms. Lots of very interesting things to see.
We returned to daylight and the rain had stopped so we had some final wanderings.
We briefly went into the British Museum where I discovered there was an Aboriginal exhibition on. How I wish I’d known that. I’m not sure I’ll make it to London before the temporary exhibition closes, but I caught a mini exhibition displaying Larrakitj (funeral poles).
My big city fix met, it was time to head to the airport. Next stop home.