A weekend in (a foggy) London

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It’s become a tradition that we have a “family day” before Christmas. This year, I had to be in London the Monday before Christmas and would have to travel down on Sunday. So we decided to extend the stay, travel down on Saturday and have a family weekend down in the big smoke.

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It was a foggy weekend – flights had been cancelled at Heathrow and Gatwick – so it wasn’t great for trying out my new camera, but we had an enjoyable break.

We stayed just south of Tower Bridge so the first afternoon, after we’d dropped our bags at the hotel, headed along the south bank where there was a Christmas Market



We crossed London Bridge, passed the Monument to the Great Fire of London


and caught a bus to Somerset House to visit the Courtauld Gallery.


There’s a skating rink in the central courtyard and after visiting the Gallery we stopped a while to watch the skaters


and then went for coffee and cakes in a rather nice café in the east wing



After looking round the book shop next to the café we headed back to our hotel to check in and freshen up before setting out for a meal in a bust restaurant  in Katherine’s Dock.




Heading back to our hotel afterwards, we stopped to take in the views as we crossed Tower bridge. The fog was still lingering.

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10 thoughts on “A weekend in (a foggy) London

  1. Pingback: A weekend in (a foggy) London — Down by the Dougie | O LADO ESCURO DA LUA

  2. No alas. We stopped near London Bridge as it was convenient for my meeting on Monday morning. But it meant we could get to where we wanted to visit fairly easily too.

      • The top of the Shard was shrouded in fog for most of the weekend. Looked quite eirie when it went dark with the top lit up and spotlights shining out.

  3. At least you could take some good photos of your visit, we went to Kent the same weekend and my camera stayed in my bag. Fields of fog, well I think they were fields, haha, first time I think I have never taken one photo 🙂 I like the photo of the Shard, well most of it 🙂

    • I can’t beliveve there was an occasion when you didn’t manage to take any photos 😱
      Taking photos in the fog certainly is a challenge, though. More interesting shots were when it was dark and the lights created effects and interest.

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