Tuesday 17 June 2014

Week 2: London - Victoria Embankment

As I needed to go up to London, I thought I could tick off another of my #52Things with a visit to a museum. However, Southern Rail had other plans - or whoever caused the incident at Battersea Park did.  I ended up at East Croydon where all Victoria trains were terminating and had to make alternate arrangements to get in to London.

Trains were arriving with nowhere to go and general chaos trying to work out which train was going where.

Finally jumped on a train to Blackfriars and as I wasn't going to make it to the Natural History Museum in time, took a walk along the length of Victoria Embankment from Blackfriars to Westminister Bridge - avoiding sightseeing tourists and commuting joggers.

High Tide Victoria Embankment
High Tide Victoria Embankment

A very high tide. I can see why the Thames Barrier is used so often. It wouldn't take much to breach the banks.

Memorial to Sir Joseph Bazalgette
Memorial to Sir Joseph Bazalgette

There several memorials along the way, which most tourists probably miss, while busily photographing themselves and others in front of the more familiar tourist sights and despite the traffic fumes it's a pleasant walk along side the river.

The London Eye
Me and the London Eye

Do something different.  Take the opportunity to walk overground for all or part of your journey, rather than disappear underground.

Will leave the Natural History Museum (and the London Eye) for another day.

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