We've had unusually clement weather over the last few weeks. So much so, that I was forced to purchase a pair of 'emergency shorts'. However, it makes such a difference when the sun shines and I've really enjoyed showing people around London, knowing that the chances of getting rained on have been very slim indeed.
The month was kick started in to action with a work day out, organised by Libby who had been on one of my 'weekend walks' at the beginning of the year. Larissa, Josh and Spencer from the States did a brief sojourn around east London whilst Toni, Patsy, Paul and Lance from Canada did a walk that began in Westminster (you can see them outside Buckingham Palace) and ended by the church of St Mary Le Bow ... the 'Bow bells' in the City of London. These are the famous bells that if you are born within the sound of them are considered to be a Cockney ... a true Londoner. The reason we visited was because although living abroad at the time, Toni's parents travelled back to London, just so that their daughter (Toni) would be born a Cockney. She had never visited. On the last photo, you can see Jesse and Ariel standing on the steps of the Royal Exchange by Bank station. We did an epic ten and a half hour trip around London that began in Marble Arch, ended in Covent Garden and included a visit to the Tower of London.
Mary and her daughter Mary Beth wanted to explore east London, and as Mary Beth was a bit of a music enthusiast, we stopped off at Rough Trade Records along the way. Margo came on two walks. The first through the City of London, starting on Tower Hill, and the second exploring around Southwark and Borough. You can see Margo, Steve, Jerry and Judy sitting in a pub in Borough Market. The last photo is of Lisa and her family from Chicago standing on Horse Guards Parade just by St James's park.
I also spent two days with the Whelan family from Louisiana, which involved a trip to Westminster Abbey, a tour of the Houses of Parliament, a sedate spin on the London Eye and a visit to St Paul's cathedral ... amongst many other things.
Bowl Of Chalk
Bowl Of Chalk based shenanigans.