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London - 2/2/82 - Sunny clear day -2 degrees

Revolting breakfast of orange juice, bread roll and tea. Walked miles and caught train to Liverpool Street and arrived Petticoat Lane at 9 am as opened. Heaps of stalls. Bought beautiful jumper. Lady had 2 cute monkeys in woollen outfits. Bumped into Lynelle and Jo and Ros. All very surprised and went for drinks of hot chocolate and arranged to meet tonight. Walked down Bishopsgate to the Monument. Built by Sir Christopher Wren to commemorate start of Great London Fire 1666. Very tall and in lovely narrow cobbled street. Walked across London Bridge and saw Tower Bridge and Tower of London. Went to see Dungeon of London. Black singers at Petticoat Lane.

Admission usually 2 pound 50 each, but half price today. Quite interesting. Dark slimy walls and water dripping down. Had displays and information of old tortures and witchcraft. Had lunch - very cheap cup of tea only 12p. Walked back across bridge to St. Paul's Cathedral - very beautiful. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren. Bells rung and sounded lovely. Only quick look as service starting. Beautiful mosaics and paintings on stone. Decided to follow Royal route. Walked down Ludgate Hill - lots of lovely old skinny pubs. Beautiful old lanterns in street and statues in middle of road. Walked down Fleet Street and Strand. Law Courts very impressive building. Opposite was St. Clements Dane church. Bell rang to tune and was lovely. Looked inside nice little church in middle of road. Lots of beautiful buildings including Somerset House - government building. Arrived Trafalgar Square. Lots of people. Fountains and Nelson’s Statue with four lions - beautiful. Lovely buildings all around. Gallery opposite Admiralty Arch leading down Mall to Buckingham Palace.

Walked down Whitehall and saw life guards. Then walked to Big Ben and Parliament Houses and across Westminster Bridge. Beautiful buildings. Clock chimed 5 pm. Caught Underground back home and then walked to Plaza Hotel at Bayswater to see Lynelle. Had drink in bar and then went to cheap café for dinner. Sunday night and millions of people and all shops open. Old man outside station tap dancing to blaring Abba tapes. Caught cab home - lovely old car. Cost 1 pound 30 for 3 minute ride.

Catching the tube

Catching the tube


Liberty Store

Liberty Store


Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in United Kingdom

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