London on 11th November – in an hour and a half

London on 11th November – in an hour and a half

London taxi Prisma remembrance day

London is hardly one of my favourite cities but even I can’t deny that you can see a staggering number of quality sights in a short space of time. It’s truly amazing what you can do with a two hour window between the end of your meeting in Oxford Street and the departure of the train back Oop North, a company-funded Travelcard and the drive to power walk six and a half miles.


Gurkha war memorial, London

On a serious note it was truly overwhelming to see the sheer number of people in uniform across the city and I found the Gurkha war memorial particularly sobering.

On a lighter note it was nice to see so many visitors from north of the border, some in full regalia, others with the obligatory Tam O’ Shanter and e-cig outside Wetherspoons already worse for wear, yet few if any wearing the less than fetching pink away strip.

I also saw the Mercedes of Mr Khan in Trafalgar Square – Tom asked if it had the Pakistani flag on top and I had to clarify that it was actually the official car of the Mayor of London rather than the Sparkhill community leader. I didn’t take a photo for fear of this account being placed under surveillance.
The fourth plinth, Trafalgar Square

On a final and even lighter note I have to say that I wasn’t impressed with the art installation on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square – given recent political events I would have thought the ‘thumbs up’ should be replaced with two fingers! I trace the Brexit movement back to Prince Philip, The Duke of Corfu, who once said “The problem with London is the tourists. They cause the congestion. If we could just stop tourism, then we could stop the congestion.”

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Scotland fans in front of the National Gallery


The London Eye


The London Eye and the River Thames


Horse Guards Parade


House of Parliament and tower containing Big Ben


Trafalgar Square with Prisma


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