London a day of sunshine and showers

I haven’t been to London for a while, so as the weather is warming up I thought it was time for a walk around the city. The plan was to head over to Parliament square and then maybe back along the South Bank or into the West End. I never really plan out my day, I just like to go with the flow.

Heading up to London on the train the clouds looked quite menacing, and I was hoping it didn’t rain as I had not brought a jacket with me. Oh well, can’t think of everything its bad enough choosing what camera gear to take.

A rainy day in London
Wet weather looming over London Bridge

On arrival at London Bridge station it was raining, not very heavy, but enough to seek shelter. After waiting about 15 minutes it had stopped so I headed to the Millennium Bridge crossing the River Thames towards St Pauls then turning left towards Victoria embankment.

Couple walking through Southwark
Sitting on the steps of a church
Sitting on the steps of a church

Sure enough by the time I had reached Blackfriars station, guess what, it had started raining again. I was beginning to wonder if this was a good idea, but I don’t give up that easy.

The sun had come out by the time I reached Parliament square, although I suspected that would be short-lived as the sky once again looked pretty moody.

Plastic protester
Plastic protester

I expected to see more people protesting against or for BREXIT, but I only saw a lone flag bearer for remain. Although there were a few others campaigning for other causes.

BREXIT Protester
BREXIT Protester

I left the square crossing Westminster bridge towards the South Bank, and the rain started falling again, but I carried on regardless as it was fairly light until I got past Waterloo bridge, then the heavens opened and this time it was really raining.

Umbrella issues
Umbrella issues
More umbrella issues
More umbrella issues

Standing under the railway bridge which at first offered me a little protection, then the water started dripping through the cracks, desperately moving from one dry patch to another, until there were no dry places left.

Take flight
Take flight
Still raining
Still raining

Finally, the heavens stopped leaking and I was able to carry on along the footpath heading back to London Bridge station. The wet weather still had one more chance to soak me but I managed to shelter under the canopy of a building.

The Tate Modern
Welcome to Tate Modern
Back pack
Back pack

A quick walk around Borough Market, which now is more about selling hot food than its original state of selling fresh produce, before getting the train home.

Tribute to Sebastien Belanger
A tribute to Sebastien Belanger

This was on the concourse at London Bridge, part of D-Day remembrance by the Imperial War Museum. It was only a mockup, although a very good and lifelike model and was certainly attracting a fair bit on interest.

Spitfire at London Bridge Station
Spitfire at London Bridge Station
Spitfire at London Bridge Station

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