A Few Days in England - Nov 2007
DAYS 1-10: London
I arrived at Heathrow in the early afternoon, made a quick exit through immigration and walked the considerable distance to the Underground. Stood in the ticket queue for a long time, then realised I had brought enough coins with me to purchase a ticket in the vending machine and I was soon on my way to Leicester Square, the closest stop to the Strand Palace Hotel where I was booked in for a week. It was grey and overcast when I emerged but the short distance to the hotel was a welcome walk. As usual I was surprised that my Internet booking had worked and my room was waiting. A good bed beckoned after 26 hours on planes.
My plan for the coming week was flexible. I had scheduled meetings for 3-4 days, and annual leave for 1-2. Eventually the meetings were spread over 5 part-days so my sightseeing filled the gaps. I visited Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park Corner, various parts of the Thames, The Tower, Greenwich and a long walk along the left bank of the Thames from Westminster Bridge to Shadwell, also known, appropriately, as Paul's Walk - there is a photo further down to prove it!
Rather than split this diary by days, it is based around activities and sights, so read on.....
Last updated: 30/06/2017