We were on the 1002 HS1 train from Folkestone West. A coffee to sustain us on the 58 minute journey and it seemed that we were arriving.
A few minutes on the Northern Line and we were at London Bridge Station. The Shard View is signposted from in the station and we were there quickly.
Once checked in and through airline style security we were in the first lift and whisked to the 33rd floor. Then across the hall and upto the 69 floor for the first viewing level. Another coffee and a base at a table and chairs. Then we could take in the views. And take some pictures.
The difficulty is getting photos without too much glare from the windows.
The views are stunning over London but the weather wasn't good enough to see some of the landmarks they said you could.
From the Upper View there's not much difference except you can look up and see the top of the tower itself.
From here we decided it was lunch time. So down we went again. Two swift lifts and into the street.
We decided to head for Borough Market. Passing some pubs full of Leeds United fans. All carefully watched by police and a fair sprinkling of dogs.
The market is now gentrified. Where it would have been filled full of produce for the locals, stuff brought in locally, it is now more international.
Cheese from France, Italy and even Spain. Olives from Greece. Plus restaurants.
We chose Maria's Market Cafe. A steak bap for Claire and a lamb one for me. Lovely. Can recommend.
We had a walk around. Only buying some goats cheese from French Comte.
And then with Reggie at home we decided to walk over London Bridge to get the Tube back to St Pancras.
We got a great view of the Shard and some other buildings.
Once across the bridge we crossed the road. The view of the Monument is spectacular.
Then off to Bank Station to get the Tube. Our London day trip almost over.
|St Paul's Cathedral|
|Thames Sailing Barges and HMS Belfast|
Some further information:
Thames Sailing barges - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thames_sailing_barge
St Paul's Cathedral - https://www.stpauls.co.uk
Tower Bridge - http://www.towerbridge.org.uk/
HMS Belfast - http://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/hms-belfast