Saturday, 1 August 2015

London Ramble

This morning I joined the Havering and East London Ramblers for a walk in London. We met at Tower Hill station for a walk along the Thames and around Holborn finishing at Blackfriars station. Around 30 walkers met for the four and a half mile ramble, a really friendly group with good conversation and I saw parts of London I never knew existed let alone visited!

They walked at a steady pace and at times we were disappearing among the thousands of people visiting our capital. This made taking photos tricky, as I didn't want to fall off the back of the group and lose them either among the hordes or as they veered off down a backstreet! So once the walk was over I back-tracked a little to take a few pictures.

Hodge was one of Samuel Johnson's cat
Although there is little known about Hodge, such as his life, his death, or any other information, what is known is Johnson's fondness for his cat, which separated Johnson from the views held by others of the eighteenth century.

Prudential ride London event
Some 70,000 riders of all ages and abilities descended on London for their once-a-year chance to freewheel on 10 miles of the capital’s traffic-free roads. This year, the route takes in the Strand and Lincoln’s Inn Fields, and offers a rare chance to ride past Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral and Trafalgar Square.

St Paul's Cathedral

The Blackfriar

The Millennium Bridge

RSPB were outside Tate Modern showing visitors and me the peregrines

Shakespear's Globe Theatre
The Globe Theatre was a theatre in London associated with William Shakespeare. It was built in 1599 by Shakespeare's playing company, the Lord Chamberlain's Men, on land owned by Thomas Brend and inherited by his son, Nicholas Brend and grandson Sir Matthew Brend, and was destroyed by fire on 29 June 1613. A second Globe Theatre was built on the same site by June 1614 and closed in 1642.

A modern reconstruction of the Globe, named "Shakespeare's Globe", opened in 1997 approximately 750 feet (230 m) from the site of the original theatre.

Southwark Bridge

Southwark Bridge, in the background just left of centre is the Leadenhall Building with the Gherkin just peaking out behind it!

The Golden Hind
The Golden Hind was an English galleon best known for her circumnavigation of the globe between 1577 and 1580, captained by Sir Francis Drake. She was originally known as Pelican, but was renamed by Drake mid-voyage in 1578, as he prepared to enter the Strait of Magellan, calling her Golden Hind to compliment his patron, Sir Christopher Hatton, whose crest was a golden 'hind'.