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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.

Trafalgar Square Via Whitehall to Horse Guard’s Parade

Horse Guard's Parade

Day Three in London on July 25, 2014 started off in the Trafalgar Square area.  I already showed you some pictures in my previous post Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and St. Margaret’s Church, however, I didn’t want to bore you with too many pictures along the way to Westminster, so now I can bore you in this post…..excuse my dry humor!

So let’s continue the journey!  This is very close to our hotel in Trafalgar Square, and is on the corner of Whitehall and Charing Cross

Whitehall and Charing Cross

Nelson's Column, Trafalgar Square

Nelson’s Column, Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Sqare

Trafalgar Sqare

Just a bit of London for you, with some Londoner’s of course!

Whitehall, City of Westminster

Whitehall, City of Westminster

London Bus No. 12 - Oxford Circus at Whitehall

London Bus No. 12 – Oxford Circus at Whitehall

Looking back at the Trafalgar Square area

Nelson's Column, Trafalgar Square

Nelson’s Column, Trafalgar Square

55 Whitehall – Sherlock stood atop here in the “Empty Hearse”, so did James Bond 007 in “Skyfall”.  This building now houses the Department for Energy and Climate Change

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55 Whitehall – think Sherlock and James Bond!

Talking of Sherlock, here’s a pub named after him and that is close by to Great Scotland Yard.

Sherlock Holmes Pub

Sherlock Holmes Pub

It is on the junction of Whitehall and Great Scotland Yard, which is pictured below

Great Scotland Yard

Great Scotland Yard

Some of my pictures are quite self-explanatory, so I won’t write the same info above them as the info is captioned on the picture. This building is right next to 55 Whitehall – it is the Ministry of Defence

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The Ministry of Defence, City of Westminster

And this picture will show you both 55 Whitehall and the Ministry of Defence in the same shot, as well The Clarence (restaurant)

The Clarence Restaurant, 55 Whitehall, and Whitehall Place, City of Westminster

The Clarence Restaurant, 55 Whitehall, and Whitehall Place, City of Westminster

Prince George, Duke of Cambridge Statue, outside the War Office, Whitehall

Prince George, Duke of Cambridge Statue, outside the Ministry of Defence, Whitehall

Want to see the Duke of Cambridge (not the present one mind you) up closer?

Prince George, Duke of Cambridge Statue, outside the Ministry of Defense, Whitehall

Prince George, Duke of Cambridge Statue, outside the Ministry of Defence, Whitehall

I bet you didn’t know Whitehall was such an interesting place.  It’s the area that houses a lot of the government departments and ministries, and of course the terrific Horse Guards Parade, which is a parade ground used for royal parades and ceremonies.

Horse Guards Parade Whitehall

Horse Guards Parade Whitehall

Life Guard, Household Cavalry - Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall

Life Guard, Household Cavalry – Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall

Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall

Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall

Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall

Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall

Life Guard, Household Cavalry

Life Guard, Household Cavalry

Household Cavalry, Horse Guard Parade

Household Cavalry, Horse Guard Parade

Please beware – the horses may kick or bite you!

Horse Guard Parade, Whitehall

Horse Guard Parade, Whitehall

Horse Guard Parade, Whitehall

Horse Guard Parade, Whitehall

Guard's Memorial, Horse Guards Parade

Guard’s Memorial, Horse Guards Parade

This is the Old Admiralty Building at Horse Guards Parade

1st Viscount Wolseley Statue at Horse Guards Parade

1st Viscount Wolseley Statue at Horse Guards Parade

Wow, now they are all taking a picture of what I took a picture of before – the Ministry of Defence Building (sorry, I am spelling it the British way, Word Press wants me to put an “s” instead of a “c” in “Defence”, but right now I want to stick to the way I used to spell it while growing up in the UK).

The Ministry of Defence, Whitehall

The Ministry of Defence, Whitehall

Horse Guards Parade

Horse Guards Parade

I meant to share more pictures of Big Ben, St. Margaret’s Church, and Westminster Abbey, but I will have to share them with you the post after the next one.

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!

Enchanting London

Day 2 in London started off with a nice view from the hotel:

View from Trafalgar Hotel - Room 305

View from Trafalgar Hotel – Room 305

We explored the lobby area

Hilton Trafalgar Lobby & Bar

Hilton Trafalgar Lobby & Bar

Breakfast was included, and we were allowed one item from the menu as well as the continental breakfast.  The menu offerings were English Breakfast, pancakes, waffles, Eggs Benedict and a few other items.  Since this was our first full day, we just had to have English Breakfast, which consisted of baked beans, egg, bacon, sausage, grilled tomatoes, and black pudding (which I did not eat as this makes me feel a bit uneasy).  

English Breakfast - complete with Black Pudding

English Breakfast – complete with Black Pudding

Here’s a view of our table, and then a view of the restaurant

Hilton Trafalgar Restaurant

Hilton Trafalgar Restaurant

Hilton Trafalgar Restaurant

Hilton Trafalgar Restaurant

Now to the outside which beckoned me with all its might.

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square area

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square

We headed to Charing Cross Station and bought our travel passes – I was told it was best to buy Oyster Cards, that are basically tube and bus passes that you swipe for unlimited travel during a certain period of days.  2 adult Oyster 3 day passes were £60, that contained a £5 refundable deposit per pass – so the net cost was £50, plus £3.60 per day for my son’s travel pass.  London certainly is not cheap for getting around or eating out, but it is well worth it.  These passes can be used unlimited amounts per day and after you have used £8.60 or so up in a day, it won’t take any more from the balance off your card, so you can keep on taking more rides after you have maxed that amount out, and you won’t pay anything further – the key is to at least use it up to the value of £8.60 in that day.  However, I think a single ride is about £2.70 or £3.30 or so, so it makes sense to get the Oyster Pass and you can use it on the red double decker buses (just not the Big Bus sightseeing buses).

The London Underground - Piccadilly Circus

The London Underground – Piccadilly Circus

Oh, the train is here!

The Tube

The Tube

The London Underground

The London Underground

The London Underground

The London Underground

So where to today?  I thought we’d just wander around and might as well start off with Buckingham Palace.  This involved taking the train to Green Park and then walking through the park to the Palace.  We could have walked to Buckingham Palace from our hotel in Trafalgar Square, it would only have been a 12 minute walk or so.

Once we had come out of Green Park station, this is some of what we saw

The Big Bus, London

The Big Bus, London

near the Ritz Hotel

near the Ritz Hotel

Sightseeing bus

Sightseeing bus

London

London

London near the Ritz Hotel

London near the Ritz Hotel

I had always fancied going into the Ritz Hotel, this is a favorite hotel of the well-off, including celebrities and royalty.  Therefore, my curiosity peaked and I could not resist going in.  

The Ritz Hotel

The Ritz Hotel

I can just imagine Princess Diana being welcomed by this employee of the Ritz and then entering the hotel. 

The Ritz Hotel

The Ritz Hotel

Here are some pictures taken in the hotel

The Ritz Hotel, London

The Ritz Hotel, London

Here I am at the Ritz

The Ritz Hotel

The Ritz Hotel

Last one of the Ritz

The Ritz Hotel

The Ritz Hotel

Better stay on track and get to Buckingham Palace – so we headed through Green Park.  English parks are so beautiful, just how parks are supposed to be – with lakes, ducks, and lots of greenery.  The parks in London are some of the best I’ve ever seen.  People in London really make use of the parks, and frequent them often.

Green Park, London

Green Park, London

Here’s my little girl enjoying Green Park

Green Park

Green Park

 Just a nice building I saw in Green Park

Green Park

Green Park

Here is that building again

Green Park

Green Park

Here’s an English Bobby (another word for police man) in Green Park

English Bobby in Green Park

English Bobby in Green Park

Green Park

Green Park

Green Park

Green Park

Green Park

Green Park

Green Park with a view of Buckingham Palace

Green Park with a view of Buckingham Palace

We have arrived at Buckingham Palace, every time I see this place – it feels like the first time, and that is how I feel about most of the places in London, they are special to me time and time again.

Guards Marching outside of Buckingham Palace

Guards Marching outside of Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace and it's beautiful blooming flowers

Buckingham Palace and it’s beautiful blooming flowers

There’s me and Chandi with the blooming flowers of the Palace behind us

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace, London

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

This memorial just opposite Buckingham Palace is another must-see and very popular with tourists

QueenVictoriaMemorial

Queen Victoria Memorial

Queen Victoria Memorial

Queen Victoria Memorial

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Buckingham Palace Guard

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Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace Informational Sign

Buckingham Palace Informational Sign

Queen Victoria Memorial

Queen Victoria Memorial

Queen Victoria Memorial

Queen Victoria Memorial

and yet one more of the Queen Victoria Memorial

Queen Victoria Memorial

Queen Victoria Memorial

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace Gates

Buckingham Palace Gates

Now, I will show you one last photo of Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

As we left Buckingham Palace and walked by one London’s many parks – St. James’s Park – so central, just like Green Park, and Hyde Park.  We saw this memorial on the ground – I had to take a picture – I absolutely adored Princess Diana.

Diana, Princess Of Wales Memorial Walk

Diana, Princess Of Wales Memorial Walk

We continued on our walk until we got to a tube station that would take us to Westminster, and this is what we saw:

Flowers of London, near Buckingham Palace

Flowers of London, near Buckingham Palace

St. James' Park

St. James’ Park

St. James's Park

St. James’s Park

St. James's Park

St. James’s Park

St. James's Park

St. James’s Park

St. James's Park

St. James’s Park

St. James's Park

St. James’s Park

I take way too many pictures, and just think that each picture is unique in it’s own way.  I don’t want to tire you with all my pictures of Buckingham Palace, and the Parks, but believe me….I have many more!   However, I feel that you can get an insight into life in London – at least with the park pictures, as there are mostly local Londoner’s in the pictures who are on their lunch breaks, and just enjoying the beauty of what is around them.   Next post, I will show you some more of what we saw today on Day 2 (which was our first full day in London).