Footloose in London

Parliament House from Victoria Tower Gardens, London

Parliament House from Victoria Tower Gardens, London

London 

Like Paris, London is enjoying Spring and its warm, sunny weather.

We walked for miles on our first full day here, starting at Westminster, going along the Thames through Victoria Tower Gardens, and taking a break at the Tate Gallery (aka Tate Britain, to differentiate it from the Tate Modern).

Tate Gallery, London

Tate Gallery, London

At the Tate, we checked out the collection of paintings by John Constable, whom I wrote about in ‘Walking in Suffolk, Part 4: The Landscape of John Constable’.  Then we worked our way to Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, where we enjoyed the pathways that form the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk around the Long Water and Serpentine.
Lawn Chairs at the Serpentine, Hyde Park, London

Lawn Chairs at the Serpentine, Hyde Park, London

We treated ourselves to a glass of wine at the Lido Sun Terrace on the Serpentine (pretending to be relaxed and carefree, instead of between stressful family visits), then ended the afternoon with a walk around the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, a low, circular structure of running water set in a simple, quiet garden.
Pathways near Diana Memorial Fountain, Hyde Park, London

Pathways near Diana Memorial Fountain, Hyde Park, London

Once again, we were struck by the size of London’s central green spaces, so large you can forget you’re surrounded by a world-class city.

Topping off the day was a Stilton burger with tomato chutney at Fine Burger Company, a casual eatery chain near our hotel. Aaaaahhh, a cheeseburger fix, of the English variety. As Hemingway would have said (or written), it was good.

5 Responses

  1. Sounds perfect. The only things we brought back from London were English language books and a block of cheddar!

  2. Hooray! You’re back (on-line). I like your having treated yourselves to wine in hopes of convincing yourselves your footloose and carefree. I’ve been thinking about the power of positive thinking!

    You really did plan your Paris visit well — this week it is rainy (sometimes QUITE rainy) and even chilly – it was 46 degrees/9 degrees when I went to run some quick errands this morning. May the sun continue to shine on you on the rest of your travels.

  3. Gosh, that hamburger sounds good. I love Stilton. I can find it here but it is very expensive.

  4. Hi Carolyn,

    Very nice to see you & Clive enjoying London. My husband & I were in London over 10 years ago, and were enchanted by this lively city. I think that the Eurostar in the Pas-de-Calais , had already started it’s trips to London, but not the one in Gare du Nord.

    Enjoy !

  5. Anne, we have been enjoying English cheddar! Linda, agree Stilton is sooooo good. Kim, likewise hope you’re having sunny May travels, and Barbara, London with your hubby sounds great 🙂

    Cheers.

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