Highlights of London: Part 1

Hi there. David and I ventured into London for a 1 night stay yesterday. Overall it was a bit of a mixed bag. The experience at our hotel (Leonardo St Paul’s) we booked using a Travelzoo voucher was not very good. I am quite glad to be back home in Windsor. London was extremely busy with a lot of people who do not believe in social distancing and mask wearing.

Anyway, I have some nice pics, so I’ll show you those.

Arty shot of the reflection of St Paul’s Cathedral in the windows of the rooftop bar of our hotel.

We did the tour of St Paul’s Cathedral yesterday afternoon. It was beautiful inside but we got a bit more than we bargained for in terms of steps up to the Stone Gallery… 376 steps to be precise. David’s knee is still recovering. The views were very good.

The internal of St Paul’s is very interesting and ornate. I wish they’d put more information for you to read, I guess you have to buy the guide book for that.

Funky flooring.

Massive candlestick.

Nice gates.

The inside of the dome.

Stained glass.

NB My top tip: buy the tickets to St Paul’s with the 241 entry with train tickets like we did. We paid £20. for two rather than £20. each. You have to book the tickets online in advance.

I also got a deal on the train tickets! Of course, I’m such a bargain hunter. I bought a new Network railcard for £30. for the year and then I get a third off train travel in the South East for a year for myself and David (and two other people). If we make one more return trip to London in the next year we will break even on the railcard. I’m sure I’ll be quids in as usual with this card. We went on the fast train (16 minutes) from Slough to London Paddington and then tube to St Paul’s. Coming home today we walked along the Southbank to Waterloo (20 minutes) and got the train from Waterloo to Windsor and Eton Riverside.

Some views along the Southbank..

This is a new skyscraper called The Boomerang. I called it The Nose until I looked it up. It includes luxury apartments costing up to £23 million each.

The beach!

The Globe Theatre. Get your Shakespeare here.

The London Eye, looking gorgeous in the sunshine. Apparently there was some social unrest near here last night, glad we missed that. We were having a delicious dinner in Borough Market at the time.

London Highlights Part 2 including dinner to follow soon… watch this space! Xx

Published by thewindsorwaffle

I love food and cooking (and eating). I live in Windsor, Berkshire with my husband David.

4 thoughts on “Highlights of London: Part 1

  1. I loved your blog on St Paul’s Cathedral. John and I made it up the stone steps to the whispering gallery and the outside of the dome where the Firewatchers used to stand in the last war. St Paul’s did not burn because of this. I really admire you for braving the crowds. Well done! Enjoy the rest of this sunny weather.

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