We walked through some lovely areas past some stunning historic buildings
We then came out on "The Mall"....it is the road that leads to Buckingham Palace and they have the Royal cavalcades through here.
We then went to St Jame's palace, currently the home of Princess Anne when she is in town, and that is where the St Jame's detachment of the Queens Guard leave from to head to Buckingham Palace daily.
Well, there were sooo many people there - it was crazy!!
Then it was around to near the front of Buckingham Palace to the Mall again to see the Horse Guard coming.
And finally - here is Buckingham Palace. We didn't get any closer as there was literally thousands of people there. Even the guide was surprised at the amount of people this day.
We then headed down to see the guards change at Clarence House which used to be the Queen Mother's residence.
I am so glad that we went on the tour as if we had gone to the Palace to see the changing of the guard and seen that many people I would have just left! So even though we didn't see the actual changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace we saw a lot of the behind the scenes to the actual event. I highly recommend this tour co.....not very expensive and about 3 hours worth of so much information.
So as it was drizzling now we headed through Green Park to Green Park Station to figure out where to go next.
Starbucks provided a bit of sustenance and dry out of the rain while we figured out what to do and how to get there!
Tim ordered a coffee and wasn't sure of the size so ordered "Venti" (the white cup) which was huge! For someone that usually drinks tiny macchiatos he didn't get through much of this!
Next we decided to head to hop on a red bus to eventually get to Borough Markets. What we found though, a few times, is that the buses often didn't go all the way or to all the stops they were supposed to. So after a few buses and walks in between looking for the right bus stops we found our way to Borough Market - on the other side of the Thames.
At one point in our trip we were sitting in a traffic jam of Red Double Decker Buses!
I think this was Trafalgar Square and Lord Nelson's Column.
So we finally made it to Borough Market and fortunately the rain had cleared.
Fantastic place for foodies!
Craig & I had Venison Burgers with this amazing Aged cheese - which were really quite nice!
Eating street side lol
A pub - they have all gorgeous flowers decorating all the pubs - lovely.
We walked along the Thames for a bit to the Millenium Briidge to cross the Thames and head towards St Paul's Cathedral.
We went into a shopping mall nearby so get a good view of St Pauls and also the Shard - the super modern glass structure.
Oxford street. I spent a lot of time on Oxford street back in my trip in 1983 with my Grandmother who loved to shop!!
Anyway we stumbled across a Whole Foods - the American store - fantastic! Tim was very happy. So had a nice dinner there. Yummy pulled pork nachos.
Then back to our hotel.
Man, what a big day!! I mapped it out and we walked over 7klm and that is not including all the steps to and from the train stations, and let me tell you there are a lot of them!
Exhausted! But what a great day.