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.
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.