My very special day out was not exotic for me – I’ve been visiting London all my life – but I know it’s a “bucket-list” destination for many people, even those living in the UK – and I want to share my very special day out on a very hot summer day.
Cora drew a picture of the event. The boat is the one that plies from Westminster Pier to Greenwich – also thoroughly recommended. (You can also go the opposite way to Hampton Court). I’ve taken the trip several times and we decided we’d do that very soon. You get a commentary and a great history lesson as you pass famous landmarks, the dock where pirates were chained for two tides, the place where Dickens wrote Oliver Twist and then, at the end of the trip, Greenwich Park with the Royal Observatory (and the prime meridian) and the Royal Naval College. The two people on deck of the boat are her and her mummy. Veda and I were downstairs (apparently); she was having a nap and I was having a cup of tea.
If you have the time, walking in London is a great way to discover all those wonderful little alleyways and courtyards and don’t stay in the tourist centre but venture out to visit the London Museum and Spitalfields but be sure to wear something comfortable on your feet.
For the bus and Underground you will need an Oyster card. You load it up with cash and just swipe it on the bus or train. You can also use a contactless credit card if you have one.
There are loads of fabulous art galleries – not just the National in Trafalgar Square (its where you’ll find Britain’s favourite painting, The Fighting Temeraire by Turner) – but the National Portrait Gallery (just around the corner with a restaurant on the top floor with one of the best views in London), There’s also the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park (take a picnic!), the Wallace Collection, and of course the Queen’s Gallery in Buckingham Palace. You can pre-book tickets for a lot of these places which will save you time. (The National and the National Portrait Gallery like all national museums (British, Science, Natural History and Victoria & Albert) are free, although there is a box for donations).
I love London – every step is history. Come and see it for yourself.
Liz Fielding has a new book this month, February 2017.
The Sheikh’s Convenient Princess (Romantic Getaways)
From secretary…to the sheikh’s wife!
Sheikh Ibrahim al-Ansari knows a reconciliation with his estranged father means accepting his father’s choice of bride…unless he gets there first! Luckily he has the perfect princess in mind—his new assistant Ruby Dance.
After her last cheating boyfriend, Ruby is avoiding all commitments, but this promotion could help her family, so she agrees to a temporary marriage. She should be craving her next assistant role, not the devastating beauty of the desert and the man who rules it all…
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