Friday 3 August last year was my free day in London. After a good breakfast at the Travelodge, I arranged to meet some friends in the general vicinity of the Tower of London. I had a couple of hours to get there, so I had a nice walk from the Covent Garden area, down Charing Cross Road (home to a lot of bookshops I’d like to get lost in one day), pausing for a takeaway espresso from Caffé Vergnano 1882 (Flash site, mutter). Great coffee and the most gloriously over the top and quite lovely coffee making machine I’ve ever seen.
That took me to Trafalgar Square, down Whitehall and past the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament, the clock tower that most people call Big Ben, even though most people also know that Big Ben is the name of the bell that chimes the hours), then along the Victoria Embankment. I was able to walk alongside the river for much of the way, but eventually there was no more footpath, so I had to go inland a bit for the last stretch.
I passed numerous landmarks, and there’s a moderate selection of pictures in this album. There will be another one later (possibly tomorrow) with pictures of what happened after I got to the Tower of London.