Hubby and I decided to have a stroll along the Strand and Fleet Street to see what we could see, I had never taken that exit from Trafalgar Square so was quite giddy at the idea.I really enjoyed seeing some of the tiny houses and shops squeezed into tiny slots, looking like miniature dolls houses children had forgotten when they had carried on with another game.You can’t see the dimensions of these as clearly, but trust me everything dwarfs them. We walked past the Savoy, this time in daylight to see their iconic In and Out drive. Pretty architecture abounds. And when you walk past the end of roads you can just see the river Thames. A taste of the sheer magnitude of it all. Next we walk past Courtaulds – I hadn’t realised that this backed onto the Strand. A Routemaster – Hubby and I were so happy to see this, we both remember using the old style of buses with a bus conductor on board, so its always a pleasure to see one tootling around London. Royal Courts of Justice, so ornately Gothic, they look like they are made of icing sugar decorating an important cake. Twinings tea shop. So excited to come across this little gem, the shop has been on the Strand since 1706.The shop is so narrow, I can almost touch the opposite shelves at the same time! It is full to the brim of delicious teas and coffees. And they will gladly brew you up a cuppa so that you can sample any of the teas that your heart desires. Happily clutching our purchases of tea we press on, as we walked past Lloyds Bank, I casually glanced in and stopped dead in my tracks. This is the foyer. Isn’t it magnificent. And lest you forget, It is the law courts branch, such beautiful metal work. We came across the Temple Bar Memorial. Such powerful imagery. I must go back and take some more photographs. We continue our journey down Fleet Street, with just the glimpse of iconic buildings in the distance. We stop at the end of Fleet Street and find somewhere for tea, a very long cup of tea and then when fully rested we trundle back up the hill, taking a quick pic of the Royal Courts of Justice from that side of the street.
We go home happy, so glad to have finally made it down the Strand and Fleet Street.
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Ah my usual haunts in London! Did you go into the RCJ? It’s just as stunning on the inside as out – apparently every great architect of that era had to have designed a cathedral as the pinnacle of their career – well the chap who did the RCJ never did a cathedral but if you have a look at the main hall you might just see the point he was trying to prove! From a working perspective it’s a very beautiful rabbit warren and I love it!
Next time your there you’ll have to take me with you to see your secret burrows. 🙂 Actually we had no idea you could go in without ‘permission’ I was becoming slightly nervous about photographing Lloyds bank and had to stop myself from drifting too far into the building so as not to alert security, what with today’s political climate. But next time I’m at RCJ I’ll give it a go, what’s the worst that can happen?, a plaintive telephone call to my lawyer with a ‘Guess where I am,,,Heeelllpppp…’