DAY OUT IN LONDON
Recently I spent a day in London. It rained and it rained …. I had a thoroughly enjoyable day but I’m afraid that the rain shows all too clearly in my photos, with umbrellas and puddles everywhere. Obviously there is far too much in London to see in a day – or even a week or a month – but I had very set objectives so in fact even the weather didn’t worry me. My first port of call was to Brick Lane but that is best visited on a Sunday. I found the fabric wholesaler that I wanted to see and then headed over to Trafalgar Square for a visit to the National Gallery.
I had not realised until recently that Trafalgar Square technically belongs to the Queen, although it is administered by the London authorities. This view is taken from the National Gallery steps and you can see Nelson’s Column in the centre of the square with a fountain on either side – and lots of puddles throughout. You can just about see the great wheel of the London Eye behind the column in the skyline.
One of the features of this square is that there are four plinths, three of which have statues on them. The fourth plinth has no fixed occupant. Over the years the spot has featured many different art forms. At the moment it is a sky blue cockerel. It is so bright that your eye can’t help being drawn to it, but I won’t pretend that I like it.
It was the National Gallery that I had come to visit and what a treat that was. It’s free entry and there is just so much to see. I wondered amongst the various exhibitions until my feet hurt and probably saw only a fraction of the different rooms. One of the jewels of London without a doubt. Once I had left there I rounded off the day with a meal with my lovely daughter before heading for the train back to Shropshire.
One final thought – the pigeons of Trafalgar Square have sometimes become a problem when there are just too many of them, but there were very few of them there when I visited. I think that the bedraggled look of this one explains why.
I couldn’t resist showing you one more photo of the lions. There are four of them guarding Nelson’s Column.