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From Buckingham Palace to St Paul's Cathedral

By Rudi Winter

This sightseeing geotrip combines a walk through parts of Westminster followed by a boat trip down the Thames and finishing with a climb up to the viewing gallery on the outside of the dome of St Paul's Cathedral.

Starting from Green Park tube station, we walked towards Buckingham Palace TQ2979 : Buckingham Palace and the Victoria Memorial by Rudi Winter and mingled among the other tourists TQ2979 : Changing of the Guard, Buckingham Palace by Rudi Winter on the Victoria Monument TQ2979 : Victoria memorial by Rudi Winter outside the palace to watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony TQ2979 : Oompah! by Rudi Winter. Once the sound of the pipes TQ2979 : Changing of the Guard, Buckingham Palace by Rudi Winter had subsided, we had a walk along the lake in St James's Park TQ2979 : St James's Park Lake by Rudi Winter, which was sporting some surprisingly colourful flower displays TQ2979 : Floral display, St James's Park by Rudi Winter given the time of year as well as resident herons TQ2979 : Grey heron, St James's Park by Rudi Winter, pelicans TQ2979 : Pelican, St James's Park by Rudi Winter and assorted waterfowl TQ2979 : Waterfowl in St James's Park by Rudi Winter. On to Horse Guards TQ2980 : Horse Guards Parade and the Old Admiralty Building by Rudi Winter, where we were able to observe doors being closed ceremonially behind mounted sentries TQ3080 : Gatehouse, Horse Guards by Rudi Winter. Turning right onto Whitehall, we passed Downing Street, the Cenotaph and Richmond House TQ3079 : Cenotaph and Richmond House by Rudi Winter, which is expected to become the temporary home of the House of Commons while the Palace of Westminster is being refurbished over the next few years. After a circuit of Parliament Square to see Westminster Abbey TQ2979 : Westminster Abbey by Rudi Winter, the Sanctuary TQ2979 : The Sanctuary, Westminster by Rudi Winter and the Palace of Westminster TQ3079 : Palace of Westminster by Rudi Winter, we admired the view of the most Geographed object, the London Eye TQ3079 : London Eye by Rudi Winter, and I felt compelled to add my contribution to the tally of 1336 photos of it on this site (at the time of writing this). A quick loop across Westminster Bridge TQ3079 : River Thames at Westminster by Rudi Winter and around County Hall TQ3079 : County Hall, Westminster by Rudi Winter gave us a direct view of the Eye from below TQ3079 : Spindle, London Eye by Rudi Winter.

After returning across the bridge, we took one of Transport for London's scheduled river services to take us to Bankside Pier TQ3280 : Bankside Pier by Rudi Winter, and I was lucky enough to sit by an open window, giving me an opportunity to take pictures of the monumental buildings TQ3080 : Shell-Mex House and Cleopatra's Needle by Rudi Winter along Victoria Embankment on the north bank of the river, as well as of the various bridges TQ3180 : Blackfriars Railway Bridge by Rudi Winter in this section of the Thames.

From the pier, it's just a short walk past the Globe Theatre TQ3280 : The Globe Theatre by Rudi Winter and across Millennium Bridge TQ3280 : Riverside office buildings by Rudi Winter to St Paul's Cathedral TQ3280 : On Millennium Bridge by Rudi Winter. With light beginning to fade, I was lucky to just get a few views across the roofs of the City TQ3281 : Roofscape of the City of London by Rudi Winter from the cathedral dome. After returning to ground level, we had the opportunity to hear Llandaf Cathedral Choir from Cardiff perform Evensong. We finished the trip in a pizza place across the road before returning to the tube at St Paul's station.

You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page Link .

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