Pat and I were in London again a few days ago and I think it was the third time we have taken advantage of the cheap travel from Virgin Rail. Last time we were there was back in October so it seemed that a reasonable amount of time had passed since we were last there .
We had no specific plan for our day but set off first for Carnaby Street, then towards Piccadilly Circus, down the Mall and onto Trafalgar Square (mainly to see the new item on the Fourth Plinth).
We were blessed with fine weather and a real feel of an early Spring day, which was an added bonus for the numerous street artists and entertainers.
Later we headed to the Covent Garden area for a drink and once refreshed we headed out to Greenwich – the 02 Arena and the Emirates Cable Car. Before heading back on the Docklands Light Railway.
Next up was a visit to The Barbican and The British Library before rounding our day off with a bite to eat in O’Neills down between Euston and St Pancrass – then a late train home and in bed by midnight.
All in all another decent day out.
We had a decent day out during the week when we took advantage of the Virgin Rail cheap tickets offer – Manchester to London (return) for just £22 each.
Pat had sorted the tickets whilst i was away in June/July on one of my bike trips – and given that we have always enjoyed our trips to London we had looked forward to this for some time – our last visit was in April this year so the timing seemed about right for this visit as well.
Not only are the tickets great value, with a two hour journey time it really does mean that it’s very easy to make a decent day of it.
I don’t think we will ever get bored of visiting London there really is always so much to do, despite having traveled there many hundreds of time when working, its never quite the same when you visit somewhere in a work capacity as opposed to being a ‘tourist’.
We headed for Camden Market first of all – a place that neither of us had been to before, but a place that is well worth a visit. It was easy to pass time browsing around the stalls (and buying a couple of bits and pieces)
After that we stopped for a beer, then suitably refreshed we headed for The Skygarden at the top of an impressive 35 story office building on Fenchurch Street.
It’s free to visit – but you do need to book your place in advance. I can imagine that on a better day (weather wise) the views would be spectacular, even with the low cloud and drizzle it was pretty impressive.
There’s a bunch of pictures in the gallery below, which include a few in the Skygarden
After the Skygarden we headed off for Leadenhall market, Covent Graden and then a wander around Harrods (and no we didn’t buy anything there), before getting an evening meal and wandering a couple of miles back to Euston for our train home.
All in all a fine day out.