Central London - Pictures

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The centre of London is of walkable size. If you are fairly fit and energetic, you can get around many of the famous sites and discover some of the less well known ones and some little gems as you head from one major site to another. Even if you aren't so keen on walking much distance, there is often plenty to see and do even within fairly small areas. These are some of the pictures I took when walking around at semi-random in central London.

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The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square - free entry, open daily, Charing Cross tube station.

Nelson's Column and fountains, Trafalgar Square.

St. Martin in the Fields Church, Trafalgar Square, lots of free concerts at lunchtimes and in the evenings.

Free concerts are frequently put on by visiting musicians or those based at the church.

Trafalgar Square, Nelson's Column and a red London bus.

The Mall looking down towards Buckingham Palace, the flags are those of the Commonwealth nations, placed for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting on the 19th and 20th of April 2018.

The Mall looking down towards Admiralty Arch in the direction of Trafalgar Square. The flags are those of the Commonwealth nations, placed for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting on the 19th and 20th of April 2018.

St. James Park beside the Mall in April sunshine.

St. James Park beside the Mall in April sunshine.

The Victoria Memorial, a statue in front of Buckingham Palace, a moument dedicated to Queen Victoria, first unveiled in 1911.

The Victoria Memorial in the foreground with Buckingham Palace behind, April 2018.

Looking through the railings along Birdcage Walk to Wellington Barracks, one of the homes of the Queen's Guard. They were practising playing their instuments here, probably for the changing of the guard ceremony.

Band of the Queen's Guard practicing at Wellington Barracks.

One of London's many local squares, set amongst the surrounding buildings, places to sit and greenery make a welcome oasis from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Electric Avenue in Brixton.

Hootananny, Brixton.

The Elizabeth Tower, part of the Houses of Parliament houses "Big Ben" the bell that strikes the hours, the tower itself is not called Big Ben.

Westminster Abbey, the Great West Door and towers. Founded on the site over 1000 years ago, despite the name and appearance, it is neither an abbey or a cathedral but a church. Since 1066 all English and British monarchs have been crowned here, it is also the site for the burial of monarchs and the venue of many royal weddings.

The north façade and entrance of Westminster Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Palace of Westminster, better known as the Houses of Parliament, the tall single spire is the central tower. Members of the public including school groups can attend to view the interior of the Palace or even to watch parliament in session, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Victoria Tower at the Palace of Westminster.

Carvings above the door of the Victoria Tower.

Statue of Nelson Mandela Parliament Square, unveiled 2007.

Statue of Mahatma Gandhi Parliament Square, unveiled 2015.

Statue of Winston Churchill Parliament Square, unveiled 1973.

Statue of Abraham Lincoln Parliament Square, unveiled 1920.

Platform 9 and 3/4 at Kings Cross Station, take your own picture for free or have a professional one with your house scarf of choice.

Tower Bridge, built between 1886 and 1894, the roadway can be lifted to allow ships to pass through.

Electric Avenue in Brixton - where Eddy Grant rocked down to.


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