I had the pleasure of a second half day with my It’s Your London client (see last week’s blog for part one) and we had another jam packed few hours together! We started with Westminster Cathedral, just a week ahead of the Pope’s arrival next week. The mosaics are amazing and it is a very impressive building with its Byzantine design which is so unusual for London as you can see in the photo. We then did the classic walk by of Houses Parliament, Parliament Square, Downing Street, Horse Guards Parade with the Changing of the Guard thrown in. The Changing of the Guard is an impressive sight especially as my visitor loves horses so here’s a shot of them. Then a stroll through St James’s Park with a coffee on the roof of the Inn the Park, finishing up with a visit to Buckingham Palace. The tour around the Queen‘s House is well worth it and as they say on the audio guide – a rare chance to see inside the house of a working monarch. She was on her holidays in Scotland so we could walk around the sumptuous state rooms and have a coffee in the cafe in the magnificent and huge gardens. The cafe staff have an extraordinary attention to detail and I couldn’t resist taking this photo of coffee and cake Buck House style – the chocolate on the top of the cappuccino was in the shape of a crown which made us laugh and realise it was no ordinary cafe!
I was lucky enough to get tickets to see the great comedian Jason Byrne recording a radio at BBC Broadcasting House. We were very close to the stage and it was very funny – both the recorded sections and the warm up and ad libs. Broadcasting House is where the BBC started and is undergoing major changes at the moment with a new wing being added to house all the news and world service staff. The iconic main building has been cleaned up and looks great with its Eric Gill statue on the front and its fine art deco lines. The church of All Souls next door looks amazing day or night and here’s a night photo to go with the Broadcasting House one.