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
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!
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
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.