A couple of weeks ago I posted about a walk I’d planned for some friends and trialled. On Wednesday, before I gave into my sporting addiction and suffered my way through 120 minutes of football we undertook the walk. I thought I’d share a few more pictures with you to tempt you, again to visit London and see some of its many wonders.
I started at Victoria station and walked to Westminster to meet my friends. There’s the Roman Catholic Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and St Mary’s church with its sundial clock before reaching Parliament Square.
After that the park at Victoria South Gardens has the monument to the Pankhursts (mother and daughter) of Suffragette fame as well as the Burghers of Callais and the monument to the anti slavery campaigners Wilberforce et al.
Across the river the first section of the South bank walk takes in the wonderfully eccentric lampposts, the covid memorial wall of hearts, before the stretch past the national theatre to the beach by Gabriel’s Wharf.
After that we ambled to Tower Bridge and across to the North bank and the Thames Path through Wapping. Remember the many steps? This memorial to those killed in the East End during the war too.
At Limehouse basis we joined the Regent’s canal and followed it for the kilometers past the largest London park Victoria park with its canine guardians and splendid lake and sculptures and its neighbour Mile End Park.
And eventually we returned to the bustle of St Pancras and Kings Cross stations and home. 25 kilometres and some splendid conversations and one main road crossed. You’d not know we were in a major city for the most part. Mind you, it can be a bit pretentious. When we stopped for lunch at the Pavillion café in Victoria Park the menu offered us grilled cheese and Kimchi toasties. What happened to tomatoes?