Although I didn’t sleep well, again, I was still excited when I awoke early Sunday morning in London. I had booked a visit to Stonehenge. A visit to the ancient site has been on my “bucket list’ for most of my life. There were not many times available. There were a lot of tourist in London for Queen Elizabeth II ‘s funeral so I was scheduled to leave by bus from the Victoria Coach Station at 10:45 a.m. This allowed me a few hours to explore the streets of London.
I left my hotel , the Standard, located across from King’s Cross underground station and took the subway to the Westminster station.
I ascended the stairs and escalators and walked into the crowds gathering near Big Ben. I was now familiar with the area and walked toward Westminster Avenue past the many news reporters and their cameramen from around the world.
It was a partly sunny and cool morning with a steady breeze as I walked past Westminster Abby. Here I again observed the security tents at the end of the miles long queue. The folks had waited up to 12 hours to finally pay their respects to their beloved Queen.
I walked toward the Lambert Bridge passing the heavy security presence , both military,
At the bridge I left the queue and crowds and walked toward the Victoria Coach Station on Horseferry Road.
At first I walked through a mainly residential neighborhood. with many apartment buildings. The streets were lined with large trees.
There were many green areas and parks along this route.
I left Horseferry Road at Elverton Road and made my way to Rochester Row.
This was a mixed residential neighborhood with some shops, restaurants and upscale residents along the street.
It was Sunday morning so their wasn’t a lot of traffic.
I love walked through the streets of a city. You learn so much about the people who live here. There were a lot of flowers still blooming,
and providing color to the clean streets of the neighborhood.
I observed the many shops and the articles they sold, including this famous comic team .
Almost all of shops and restaurants,
had a photograph of the Queen.
I continued on to Warwick Row and eventually found the Victoria Coach Station . I was about 45 minutes early
so I walked around the neighborhood There was a train station nearby so there were a lot of some shops selling food, flowers and produce.
I walked into an exclusive neighborhood with a lot of plush housing units expensive automobiles.
I made my way back to the Victoria bus station.
I was early and had time for a cup of coffee. There were a number of outdoors restaurants near bus station.
I stopped in one with some interesting art work. I had a good cup of coffee
but, this was a mistake. The information for the tour I booked said their was a bathroom on the bus. There wasn’t. More about that in m next blog post.
I left the interesting coffee shop and entered the bus station. I found my bus and we boarded on time. The bus was full and we began our two hour ride to Stonehenge. Here is a link to some more photos from my walk to the Victoria Coach Station. London Day Four: Morning walk September 18 2022.
“Sometimes there’s no map when you go to new places, you have to make unexpected turns, but the beauty is these places are new.”