Sadly the end of our stay in London with friends is near and tomorrow we make our way back up t'North courtesy of Virgin Trains. Today we kept free so we could do whatever we fancied dependent on weather. As it turned out the weather wasn't too bad, with mainly sunshine until lunchtime and the occasional heavy shower afterwards. It didn't deter from our enjoyment at all.
We had a leisurely start after yesterday's busy schedule and took the Tube to Tower Hill. There is much to see and do in this location including the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast.
What we didn't expect though, and hadn't managed to find on previous visits was St. Katherine Dock, a little gem of a marina located through a ginnel at the bottom of Tower Bridge. Once inside there are restaurants bedecked with flowers, vintage Thames barges, super yachts and Gloriana, the rowed barge that took part in the Queen's Golden Jubilee river pageant.
There is the Shard on the South side of the Thames, behind HMS Belfast.
And the Gherkin on the North side visible here behind the Tower.
The highlight of today's visit was to witness the volunteers placing a poppy for every serviceman killed during the First World War, around the moat of the Tower. When they are finished the area will be a sea of red.