So the weekend took me on a great day out in London! A great place to visit, with so many new things to see every time you go.
This trip started by indulging my inner geek. A trip to Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue started the day with a massive test in self restraint. I have never seen so many comic book/super hero figures and asorted paraphenalia! Having managed to keep cash and cards firmly in my wallet, it was on to the real purpose of the visit, a book signing by Robert Llewellyn – famed as the man behind Red Dwarf’s Kryten. Friendly and accommodating, Llewellyn certainly made parting with money for his books and queueing to meet him seem worth while.
Onwards, to Tower Hill Station. Upon surfacing, the view moves from Tower Bridge over the Tower of London, and then to take in the immense and towering structure of The Shard – my surprise destination of the day. After a short stroll down and round the Tower to St Katherine’s Dock, time for a brief sit down and a coffee and croissant. Break time over, onwards over the Tower Bridge, taking in the views of The Shard, HMS Belfast and the Tower of London, and plenty of photo opps for me!
Arriving at The View from The Shard, security is cleared, and it’s time for the two-lift ride from floor 1 to 33, and 33 to 68 in an ear-popping sub-minute ascent! A walk up one flight of stairs to floor 69, and the stunning long-range views over the city roll out on all four sides of this immense 1016ft glass and metal structure. With a 5pm visit, we got to enjoy sunset at such a height. A walk up a few more flights of stairs to floor 72 offers a slightly higher vantage, with the open-air aspect afforded by this fantastic piece of engineering and architecture.
Tired but happy, once again, a day in London always has something new to show!