It being a sunny(ish) day on Friday, and having agreed to meet Adam at Waterloo after work (we were going to see the Enlightenment Cafe in the Old Vic Tunnels), I decided to walk there from home. It was a very lovely wander, along the North Bank as far as the Millennium Bridge, where I crossed over to Bankside and tootled on down to the South Bank. And it being a leisurely walk, and a picturesque one by all accounts, I did lots of snapping and Instagramming….. so I thought I’d share them here!…..
The view East down the river from the Millennium Bridge…. The Shard, London Bridge and Tower Bridge
On the Millennium Bridge, looking back at St Paul’s
I love the big Bankside lettering at Bankside Pier…. all covered in lichen
A mud larker on the shore at Banskide…. I do really want to try that one day… a real treasure hunt!
I popped into the Tate Modern, one of my favourite London buildings, to have a snoop about their brilliant gift shops
Frappuccino Happy Hour at Starbucks! And my plain white nail polish…. this was going to be a base coat for a Union Jack pattern but I’d chipped it by the end of the day!
The Unilever Building looking patriotic with lots of Union Jacks, ready for the passing Floatilla
The very clever Propstore bar at the National Theatre…. it’s made up of bits of stage set and the decor inside is a mish mash of old props…. love!
Stopped awhile to watch a rehearsal on the astro lawn in front of the National Theatre…. something rather acrobatic going on!
The big, colourful tree, outside the Hayward Gallery, made from reclaimed drainpipes as part of the Festival of the World 2012
I would love to stay here for the night…. it’s a one bedroom pop-up hotel in the form of a boat sitting on top of the Southbank Centre
Had a peek into the Priceless London Wonderground…. I couldn’t get close enough to the Speigeltent for a picture but I am really hoping to get to see inside it soon…. love a Speigeltent!
Cantina at the Priceless London Wonderground….. there is bunting everywhere!
A Pimm’s Chalet…. better than a Pimm’s tent even!
The pretty Magners Pasture…. it has a lovely decked pathway through the trees, pergolas and little wooden toadstools to sit on!
Men at Work…. and a big upside down inflatable purple cow
Marker from the Silver Jubilee…. and bunting for this year’s Diamond Jubilee…. I would love to know how many metres of bunting are hanging in London this weekend!
A cycling Chameleon. Of course.
The gorgeous new lawns and plantings at Jubilee Gardens…. we sat here once I’d met up with Adam to eat our little picnic of falafel and couscous. The path of red flowers reminds me of Oz somehow…. maybe like the yellow brick road crossed with the big poppy fields.
There was such a buzz along the river….. all the bunting, big screens being built, and the extra attractions for the Festival of the World made it super special, and I really got the feeling that everyone was gearing up for the exciting long weekend. If I were the Queen, I’d be peeing myself with excitement!!