All the main tourist sites in one photo!
Last Thursday Sam and I both spontaneously didn’t have to work. Which was lovely because we were celebrating an anniversary- so what was going to be dinner turned into a delicious lunch with a stroll around London and the entire evening together.
You can see so many amazing sites just by taking a quick walk through London. After living here awhile you forget how special it is to see Westminster Abbey or Tower Bridge on a daily basis. Do any Parisienne dwellers start taking the Eiffel Tower for granted? I find myself getting wrapped up in things that I dislike about London and forget to appreciate how lucky I am to live here and it was nice to remind myself whilst hand-in-hand with Sam.
Graffiti on the Southbank.
We met outside the National Theatre and then walked along the Southbank before crossing the Thames into Covent Garden where we had lunch at Mishkins. Since we had the luxury of not going to work in the afternoon we were able to indulge in one of the things Mishkins is most famous for: its cocktails. (I had the Ezra’s Green Rose and I can’t recommend it more highly. It’s simply delicious. But how could a blend of Hendrick’s, jam, elderflower and Prosecco not be?)
Sam at Mishkins.
Afternoon cocktails at Mishkins.
Even on a rainy February afternoon, the tourist spots in London are packed. But I feel the pull of Covent Garden whenever I am in the area. (Mostly because I can never turn down a Ben’s Cookie.)
Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s Column are just a short walk from Covent Garden. That’s one of the deceptive things about the Tube Map. When you look at Central London (Zone 1) on the map, everything looks very spread out, but most stops are about a 5 minute walk apart.
Nelson’s Column. Trafalgar Square.
Back of the Horse Guard’s Parade.
What would an afternoon walk be without some silliness?
St. James Park is one of my favourite London parks for all the different kinds of birds that live there. From swans to rare ducks to herons you can see an amazing spectrum of the species.
St. James Park
Outside The Horse Guard’s Parade. Notice the signage. I was equal parts excited and terrified.
Small hints of spring in St James Park.