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Thought I'd share a few pics from a recent trip to London.

It'd been a long time since I'd been to London to see the sights, perhaps 35 years.  It's a place I'd told myself I needed to avoid as it didn't fit with my love for all things wild and natural, most especially the mountains.  I'm also not a fan of busy places preferring a bit of solitude.  

I did have one sprint trip in 2014 but it was a dash in dash out affair.  I was selected along with two others to represent our RAF station at a prestigious gathering in the centre of London.  Knowing that parking would be epic, on the drive across I got busy phoning various police stations seeking permission to park a Service vehicle and to get changed into our Number 1 uniform.  I found one with minutes to spare, parked up, dressed up and walked the last half mile to the gathering feeling rather vulnerable in my best blues.  All went ok though, the canapes were delicious, and the pleasantries were, well, pleasant.

So, to this trip...

We jumped on the train in our home town, arriving at London Euston after a few changes.  A short Underground ride took us to Waterloo Station where we walked across the road to the Union Jack Club, a Sgts' Mess style hotel on London's South Bank that veterans and serving members of HM Forces can stay at.  It was our first stay here and it was superb.  The walls are dripping history including the pictures of every VC winner. Using the UJC as a base we explored London; Bucky Palace, Westminster, Nelson's Column, Covent Garden, Imperial War Museum, Natural History Museum, 10 Downing Street, and the London Eye were pretty much all we could fit in.  Despite my previous misgivings we had a thoroughly brilliant time and we're already planning our next trip back.

Here's some pics...


The London Eye


Looking north from Waterloo


The Natural History Museum
 

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Nelson's Column


I liked the composition!


St Pauls from under Black Friar Bridge
 

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Great pics squire. Most of those I know well during the dozens (literally) of times I've been to old London town. Thanks for sharing.


Cheers,

RR
 

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Great pictures. I also prefer living outside of cities but every now and then hitting the cities is a good time. My mom loves visiting London, i have never made it there with the exception of London-Heathrow airport but couldn't leave the airport lol
 

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GeoffC":7o6kjqm0 said:
So how often did you overhear folks talking about brexit?
Apart from the highly public demonstrations around Westminster?  :shock: ;)   At every corner, every meal table, every tube ride...
 

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Great pics, old boy!!! Other than changing trains there in 1995, haven't spent any time in London Town since 1970!!! :cheers: FTRPLT
 

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Awesome pics. That’s one place I’ve always wanted to experience. Thanks for sharing
 

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Thanks for the kind comments about the pictures, chaps.

Highly recommended for those who haven’t been or who haven’t been for a while.
 
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