Go for a walk along the...
Go for a walk along the Westminster Bridge. You can see Big Ben up close and also have a lovely view of the Thames river. You can watch all the people as they rush past and see what London's really about. I miss standing on Westminster Bridge and seeing Big Ben glistening in the sun, looking as if it's made out of gold.
Spend a few hours with Dali
I do like a bit of Dali and so it was great to take a look at the "Dali Universe" exhibition in the County Hall, next to the London Eye, on the South Bank of the Thames.
A bit freaky at times and most definately of a very sexual nature, as Dali seemed to have sex on his mind most of the time. A nice big thumb as well.
Open daily 10.00am to 5.30 pm
Admission: Adults: £8.50
Seniors, Students and UB40s: £7.50
Children 10-16: £4.95
Children 3-9: £1
Children under 3: Free
I love this wide open space in the middle of London.... used occasionally for ceremonial purposes. I have seen various members of the royal family here on horseback ... and Lord Mountbatten once.. a long time ago..
St James Park is just opposite.
Do not touch
Do not mess with the Queens guard. They take everything serious nowadays.
Through out the day we had seen many of the guards around the city in places that were under the guard of the Queens guard. We tried to make them smile as all good tourist do but had no luck.
Bring your sense of humour and an Umbrella
Be cautious, thieves are everywhere in the UK and open bags, easy access to rucksacks just make the lives of lowlifes easier. Open fashionable bags might look fabulous on your shoulder but also make easy targets for mobile phone, ipod and wallet/purse thiefs. I always take a shoulder bag out and ensure it's never away from my watchful eye.
Be warned! Use your common sense when packing for the UK, the weather changes like the wind and you could find yourself in the middle of November wearing a t-shirt, suddenly in the middle of a down pour. if I have seen anything in my years in London we are experiencing freaky weather, summers are short and winters and unpredicatable. We are in the middle of Feb, half expecting snow (which is common for this time of the year) and I have been gardening wearing a t-shirt. It pays to be safe. Definately bring yourself a small compact umbrella as you never know when you will be caught short. We have it all in the UK, our supermarkets sell toiltries and medical supplies and no fear of us running out. The chain "Boots" is our popular chemist which offer great value supplies from painkillers to hair straighteners. I will only advise on good walking shoes as you can walk for hours around london trying to see all the sights. London is a marvellous city and it can be a wonderful experience, like most city's the popular tourist resorts are the ones to be wary, the same as Florence, Barcelona etc. It doesn't have to be the most expensive break either if you do your homework before or e-mail me for advice. Try and see a show, visit Buckingham Palace, the Tate Modern, get lost in London with a map and discover all those old cobble streets. Where Sweeney Todd murdered his victims, join the jack the Ripper tour, take a boat cruise to Greenwich, have a picnic in Green Park, Feed the ducks in Battersea Park or take a trip to Primrose hill.