On Saturday, we decided to do the centre of London - grab a jacket and come along. You'll need sensible shoes as we covered some ground!
We got off the tube at London Bridge. Now you remember the model of the lovely old bridge from the museum......
... well, the new one lacks imagination in my honest opinion. They did build another in between these two models - but they sold that one to the Americans.
London does have one of the best bridges in the world though - Tower Bridge never fails to stun.
On our walk up to Tower Bridge, we passed a few of the sights. I can't make up my mind what I think about the new building here - nicknamed the "Walkie Talkie". It just looks a bit bulky. The lovely old building by the waters edge is the Custom House.
The lovely conversion of an old Wharf into Hays Gallery - sadly, the restaurants and shops are all "chains" so worth coming for a look at the architecture, but not a lot else.
Boris's City Hall and the Shard.
Across the bridge.....
... and into St Katherine's Dock.
We had popped our heads into here in the past, but this time had a good explore round (and a cuppa)
I loved it. By this time it was getting fairly warm and there were still no crowds around so we lingered a while.
Then we walked by the Tower of London (Mega crowds here already - it was heaving!)
By this time, the tide was going out on the Thames, and so we indulged in a spot of Mudlarking. We found some great items. It has become very popular - later in the day we saw lots of people treasure hunting.
We walked by the Old Billingsgate Fish Market (the new one is near Canary Wharf). This old place is empty - I don't know if they have any plans for it but it is in a great spot by the river.
... and then back across another bridge to Borough Market for a spot of lunch (we were ready!!)
I love it here, but being a Saturday it was extremely busy.
I think I deserved this - Marscapone and Fig organic ice cream - it was gorgeous.
By now it was only 12 noon, but suitably refreshed, we pressed on. Part 2 later.