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The weather is stunning again today, so we were up bright and early and into the full breakfast available at our Hotel (Premier Inn, County Hall). This is the second time we have stayed one of their hotels, and they are great value for money – clean, with modern interiors,  and the beds and pillows are very comfy!

We had decided yesterday that we should do a Thames walk, so we set off around nine and we have just returned. It was a glorious morning for walking and for taking photos so I made the most it – the camera has had a good workout!  As we began, the tide was out, so we went down beside the river – never done that before!  We passed by Blackfriars Bridge (very Dickensian), the impressive Blackfriars Train station, which spans the Thames and has a solar panelled roof, Southwark Bridge, The Tate Gallery, the Globe Theatre, The Golden Hind, Clink Street (site of the oldest English Prison), the beautiful Hays Galleria with its fantastic ‘Navigators’  sculpture by David Kemp, The Shard Skyscraper, and we even found one of Bill Granger’s cafe’s along way.

Crossing back to the other side of The Thames via the iconic Tower Bridge, we saw the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster and Big Ben (all the while jostling with the hundreds of runners who are obviously training for the London Marathon).  We feel like we have walked a bit of marathon ourselves – probably only about 12 kms, but in our own time, on a beautiful sunny day – very uplifting. Check out some of what we have seen so far:

Some observations:

Sirens, sirens, sirens – it is London after all …

To escape the hustle and bustle of the busy commercial centre and shopping streets, walk the Embankment.

Despite the clever little sticker we saw on the cab taking Roger and Frances to our hotel, which proclaimed “Keep calm, I’ve got The Knowledge’ – this is not true! Our taxi followed theirs and our cabbie  had absolutely no idea where he was going! He was elderly, and a bit befuddled, taking us to the wrong Premier Inn nearby, telling us ours was on a private road he couldn’t enter,  and advising us to walk where he dropped us!

Traveller’s tips: Ladies, bring body wash (and a facecloth if like me you like to use one in your shower). Many places now seem to have combination body and hair wash. – not nice!

Know the exact address of your hotel – obviously some London cabbies didn’t do too well in The Knowledge exam …

Do not expect Wifi to be free in you hotel – many will have a daily charge.