Exploring England #42
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I do love London! On our second last day, we made the most of the fine weather with a walk in the city, where we found monuments, memorials and M&Ms!
After leaving the Jewel Tower, our destination was the Prince of Wales Theatre for a performance of The Book Of Mormon. With a few hours to spare and not far to go, we had plenty of time for sightseeing on the way.
From Abingdon St, we turned into Great George St where we paused while the bells of Big Ben rang out on the hour.
At Westminster Bridge, we admired the mighty Boudicca on her chariot, charging into battle against Roman invaders.
Modern battles are also remembered along Victoria Embankment. The Royal Air Force Memorial is dedicated to Air Force members who were casualties of World War 1.
Further along, the dramatic Battle of Britain London Monument commemorates British airmen who took part in the Battle of Britain in World War 2. The monument also acknowledges those from 14 other countries who joined the Allied Forces.
Just before the Golden Jubilee Bridge, we turned onto Northumberland Avenue which leads to Trafalgar Square and Admiralty Arch, commissioned by King Edward VII in memory of his mother, Queen Victoria.
Trafalgar Square is dominated by Nelson’s Column, dedicated to the memory of Admiral Horatio Nelson, who was killed during the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Four Barbary Lions surround the column while a statue of King George IV dressed in Roman regalia overlooks the square.
Leaving Trafalgar Square we walked around the National Gallery into Charing Cross Road. The small restaurants lining Irving Street reminded us it was time for lunch. After a break for pizza at Il Padrino, we walked into Leicester Square, the entertainment hub of London.
A kaleidoscope of colour greeted us at M&M’s World, where we stocked up on sweet treats for later.
Even after stopping at all these places we were still early for the theatre, so we continued on to Picadilly Circus and the Cool Britannia store where we bought some last minute souvenirs.
Finally it was show time, so we joined the crowd waiting to enter the Prince of Wales Theatre on Coventry Street.
That’s another thing I love about London – so many theatres, so many shows.
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