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London Weekend Trip.

Yet more time spent in the Capital that took us to the top of London in the Shard to Fenchurch Street garden in the Sky, also London Zoo and inside Tower Bridge and into the West End to see a show, also we did not want to take the tubes so we done over 40 miles of walking so much for a relaxing weekend.



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The kids treated me for my 50th birthday with a lunch on the Thames river run by city cruises. We set off at about 11:30 and had a few good hours sailing along the river, with great weather it made a great trip out with both Gail and myself enjoying it. A nice lunch was had with some chicken goo and potatoes in more goo followed by a nice desert. The locals tried to charge us £4.20 for some tap water that we never had, however Gail was soon on the case and that was soon removed off the bill, shame really its the only thing that spoiled a great trip down the Thames. We sailed past most of London's iconic landmarks including the pub we visit often whilst in the capital the Prospect of Whitby. It was good to see London's oldest riverside Public house from the Thames situated in Wapping and hopefully we shall return soon for a few jars.


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We paid to go into the workings of tower bridge London. It was £10 each but worth the cash as it's a great feat of engineering we were also lucky enough to see them raise it up to let a ship sail underneath. The engine room was the best bit with the huge boilers and engines that used the hydraulic power to raise the huge steel road high into the air. The Bridge was opened in 1894 and has not changed much over the years and attracts many visitors to London. Its only costs about a tenner to visit inside and at the top you will find glass walk ways looking down over the Thames river.


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From the Shard to 20 Fenchurch Street you will get the best views overlooking London. This picture is from the viewing platform of the shard in London. At 300 metres it was the best view over London by far. The lifts up some 70 floors took under a minute and you did not even realise you were moving. They have set it up nice and was a great trip. If you need to visit the platform it costs about £20 each not bad but do a bit of web surfing and you can visit the smaller in height Fenchurch Street and visit the Garden in the Sky for free and i think the views are just as good to be honest and with a Cafe at the top that don't rip you off it put this on your visit list whilst in the Capital


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We have wanted to visit this west end show now for some time and on a busy Friday night we finally made it to Queens Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue. Seats weren’t the best but they gave a good view onto the stage also the sound quality was fantastic. The show has now been running over 30 years . Must say it was a fantastic show and will visit again I’m sure only problem was gail had the tallest women in England in front of her but she see most of it. The next day we visited London Zoo. The last time I visited this place I was a little kid going with the primary school way back in the 70.s. Im not a massive fan of Zoo's I must admit and soon after arriving I could see why, “spot the Animal” was the order of the day. We did spot a gorilla in the bushes and some tigers but all the other animals had cleared off out of sight. The Bugs were good as well as the Reptile house and it wasn't that bad a day out however I shall not return, the place looks well tired, I’m afraid.