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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A morning in London.

I was booked for a meeting in London today from 1 to 5. I realised that I could take advantage of this so I took the morning off and headed to London for a bit of sightseeing.


A church! Methodist I think.

And on to my first target

766 The Church of St James, Spanish Place. Roman Catholic.

Views down Oxford Street

And a Nightingale sang in Berkeley Square (well no actually but it is the square).

Target two

767 The Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street. Roman Catholic.

The Dorchester Hotel. A bit out of my price range.

Apsley House. London Seat of the Duke of Wellington. Lovely art collection.

Hyde Park Corner

Once in the park the noise of the traffic recedes (the building you can see below is the one in the picture of Hyde Park corner). These lovely parks are for me the best things of London. Yes the buildings are amazing the art collections wonderful but here you can walk and enjoy nature. The humble Blue Tit may get dismissed when serious birding takes place but here it is a lovely sight. You can also find Blackbirds, Great Tits , Longtails, chaffinches and woodpeckers. Those who despise the Grey Squirrel have to like it here. There are a few here and I presume they are an isolated population.

The Serpentine provides a home for Mute Swans, Mallards, Geese, Tufties, Pochards, Coots, Moorhen and Great Crested Grebes amongst others

Marble Arch.

I stopped for a bite of lunch at a Pizza Hut! And a final view of Selfridges before the meeting.


oldcrow61 said...

I can't get over the beauty in the churches over there nor can I get over the flowers in bloom...already.

Anonymous said...

What amazes me is how few people are in London clogging the sidewalks and parks. Manhattan is unbearably full of people. PS I really like the duckie standing up on his tail. Turquis

Tricia said...

Oxford Street looks so much better without much traffic!! Know what you mean about seeing birds in London (or any city). Green oasis (well almost) in the middle of noise, hustle and bustle.

That's a very modern looking statue of the couple (in the pic above Dorchester Hotel.