Westminster’s Parks, Palaces and Pretty Ponds

I decided to just stroll and see where it took me! My starting point was “The Mall”, (lined with South African and British flags to mark the visit of South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma) which runs alongside St James Park

I walked by the Horse Guards Square

Then through the park

Admiring the pond looking to towards Buckingham Palace (i am saving that visit for when my friend and roommate arrives!)

There were also plenty of sweet little birds and even some colorful winter flowers to brighten up the dreary london day

And there was a very active little squirrel aswell! He came running up to me, even jumped up the rail as he must have assumed i had food to give him. Though i didn’t have anything, judging by his belly i’m sure many other tourists did!

Then as i rounded out to Great George street, there he was! BIG BEN! A little while later he proudly tolled his bells to pronounce the hour and i paused to let it sink in. THIS. is London.

I turned to my right and there she was! Westminster Abbey! THIS is London. The Abbey is steeped in more than a thousand years of history. Benedictine monks first came to this site in the middle of the tenth century, establishing a tradition of daily worship which continues to this day

The Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066 and is the final resting place of seventeen monarchs.

There was a long long line and i wasn’t sure when the doors would open so i continued wandering just as the sun came out for a brief moment over Westminster Hall and the Houses of Parliment

The sun soon passed so i continued on my way, walking alongside the Thames (quite dirty and nothing too spectacular, though it has seen an incredible amount of history over the years)

and made my way to the TATE Britian! Tate Britain is a well known art gallery situated on Millbank in London, and part of the Tate gallery network in Britain which also includes the Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives. It is the oldest gallery in the network, opening in 1897. Tate Britain is the national gallery of British art from 1500 to the present day. Its British Art Collection is the most comprehensive collection of its kind in the world exhibiting works by arts from 1500 to the present day.

Due to a lack of time in the fading afternoon i was unable to see this collection as i instead focused on viewing the Henry Moore Exhibition. Radical, experimental and avant-garde, Henry Moore (1898–1986) was one of Britain’s greatest artists. Presenting over 150 stone sculptures, wood carvings, bronzes and drawings, the exhibition provided a fresh look at his work and legacy.

I walked all the way home, enjoying brief moments of seeing the sun do it’s best to shine through the thick clouds as it set for the evening



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2 responses to “Westminster’s Parks, Palaces and Pretty Ponds

  1. Mum

    What a lovely meander, lots of places to go back to for a more comprehensive look. Though Australians dont like to think of ourselves as Brittains colony we certainly have a comprehensive connection to her history and places. Love Mum

  2. Margaret Biggs

    Iloved the walk with you.It made me nostalgic.We have passed that way too! We are looking forward to seeing it again in late Sept
    Love Margoo xxx.

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