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Trafalgar Square, a Stone’s Throw From St. Martin-In-The-Fields

Trafalgar Square

I meant to show you more pictures of Covent Garden, but before we got there on Day 5 of our trip to London in July, 2014, we went for an early morning walk from our hotel at The Trafalgar Hilton, situated right there in Trafalgar Square – so convenient!  First we went across the road to Trafalgar Square to see the Blue Hen and the fountains – why not wake up to a hen in Central London?  There’s nothing like it!

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square

The National Gallery is a very impressive art museum, and it’s located bang in the middle of Trafalgar Square.

The National Gallery At Trafalgar Square

The National Gallery At Trafalgar Square

Look at this, you get Nelson’s Column, the lions, Big Ben and London Buses all in view!  Oh, how I love London!

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square

Here I am in Trafalgar Square in front of the Blue Hen.

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square

What a fabulous place to take a walk, but then again – it’s nice to be walking anywhere in London.

near Trafalgar Square

near Trafalgar Square

near Trafalgar Square

near Trafalgar Square

Right there at Trafalgar Square is a beautiful church – St. Martin In The Fields.  I’m not sure how it got this name as I don’t see any fields around – but I’m sure there’s a reason to the name.  However, it is a beautiful church.

St. Martin In The Fields near Trafalgar Square

St. Martin In The Fields near Trafalgar Square

St. Martin In The Fields near Trafalgar Square

St. Martin In The Fields near Trafalgar Square

St. Martin In The Fields near Trafalgar Square

St. Martin In The Fields near Trafalgar Square

So, now…..we have made it across the Square to this beautiful church – St. Martin In The Fields.

St. Martin In The Fields near Trafalgar Square

St. Martin In The Fields near Trafalgar Square

This is not the main part of it, rather the pictures above show you what it looks like – I am including the one below because it is unusual to have such a structure – I do believe it’s the Crypt – and think it houses a cafe.  Since it’s surrounded by such gorgeous architecture, I had to throw in this picture too.

The Crypt at St. Martin In The Fields near Trafalgar Square

The Crypt at St. Martin In The Fields near Trafalgar Square

I went inside this beautiful church.  How I love to go into churches!

St. Martin In The Fields near Trafalgar Square

St. Martin In The Fields near Trafalgar Square

St. Martin In The Fields near Trafalgar Square

St. Martin In The Fields near Trafalgar Square

I saw quite a bit of the service, and joined in singing some of the hymns.  It reminded me of my childhood when we used to sing hymns at my school – as part of our assemblies – most mornings in northern England.

Anyway, I still have more pictures from Day 5, and guess what?  The next day is the last day of London before we headed up north to where my family lives.  Still, I have many more pictures to share.  Until then.

London Is Calling

London calls, and I’d love to come running, but sadness befalls me now as I can’t obey.  Too bad.  Well, I’ll just have to write about the rest of my day – Day Two in London which was July 24, 2014 – just over a month ago – and really my first full day.  London has a power over me, I just went there, but I would like to be back there already….oh, well.  Guess I’ll just have to be content looking back at my pictures.

Here is a picture taken at Trafalgar Square close by to our hotel

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square

This man seems to fit right in this picture, I don’t think he was the one who vandalized the phone booth with graffiti though, I hope not!

London is calling, excuse the graffiti!

London is calling, excuse the graffiti!

Just a recap, we headed for Buckingham Palace through Green Park (pictures show in my post Enchanting London) and this is before we did that

Picadilly, London

Picadilly, London

Why would I not want to see the Ritz?

The Ritz Hotel, Picadilly

The Ritz Hotel, Picadilly

That night we ate in Chinatown, which is close to Leicester Square.  Normally, I would have opted for Indian food as it is really great in England – where they are not afraid to add the spice, or for English food which is also superb, but my sister who we met up with this evening wanted to try Chinese food, and I’m so glad that we went to this restaurant – the Hong Kong Buffet – I will always remember how delicious the food was.

 

Chinatown, London

Chinatown, London

Do you know the food was extremely delicious at the Hong Kong Buffet?  It was a good price too – only £9.95 per person, compared to what I paid one of the days in a restaurant in Covent Garden.

Chinatown, London

Chinatown, London

That’s my sister going into the restaurant with Chandi – my little girl.

Chinatown, London

Chinatown, London

Sorry about the half eaten food, I forgot to take a picture of it before it got to this stage, but better to show you something rather than nothing!

Hong Kong Buffet, Chinatown, London

Hong Kong Buffet, Chinatown, London

This picture is a little blurry, but I think it shows the atmosphere of Chinatown really well.

Chinatown, London

Chinatown, London

This is where we ate on our first night in London (yesterday evening) – I did not want to eat pizza, I can get Pizza Hut in the USA, but my kids wanted it, so I had to give in.  Tonight, we walked right by it after our meal in Chinatown.

Pizza Hut, Leicester Square

Pizza Hut, Leicester Square

Right next to Pizza Hut in Leicester Square is Burger King – gladly, we did not go there on this trip, but I’m guilty of taking them there on a previous trip.

Burger King, Leicester Square

Burger King, Leicester Square

Okay, so this picture belonged higher up, but I wanted to put it next to the night-time picture of the same place – the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square.  We walked past it many times during our five days there, both morning and night.

National Gallery at Trafalgar Square

National Gallery at Trafalgar Square

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square

My computer is acting really weird right now, and going ever so slow, I guess I have overworked it with all of my pictures in I-Photo and I think I’m running low on memory.  Anyway, time to go now and enjoy life here in San Diego!  Have a great weekend!