A Night On The Town
I don't claim to have many talents in life, but one thing I seem to do well is chose my friends. I have never had a large group of friends but I have the sort that I could trust my life with. In that respect I feel very lucky indeed.
We meet in the Coutfield pub in the Earl's Court area of London. We watched the England rugby team lose their 8th game out of the last 9 played. This time they lost to South Africa (a team England had somehow managed to defeat last week).
Despite the loss we still had a good time and enjoyed some friendly banter with a New Zealander who watched his side destroy the Welsh in a later game. (I didn't tell him that my mother's family were Welsh, it's hard enough being an English rugby fan at the moment).
Simon (left) and Steve
I haven't been drinking much recently but I must have nearly doubled my intake for the last 7 months. I was feeling more than a little light headed when we left the pub. Fortunately Earl's Court tube station is literally just across the road from the pub.
Before heading underground I decided to photograph the TARDIS (all you Dr Who fans will know what I mean) which is outside the station. This is the only police box that I know of in London (although there are probably more).
Dr. Who is alive and well and living in Earl's Court
The tube train was rather hot and stuffy, so I decided to get of a stop early and walk to Charing Cross station. I got off the tube at Westminster and decided to take some photographs of London at night.
Crossing Waterloo Bridge I took this photograph of the London Eye and the river Thames.
View from Waterloo Bridge
From the South Bank near Waterloo bridge you get a great view of the Houses of Parliament.
Houses of Parliament
Walking along the South Bank, towards Charing Cross, takes you right by the London Eye. I have been on the London Eye twice, once in day light and once after dark. I would ecommend this experience to anyone visiting London.
The London Eye
I continued the walk until I reached Hungerford Bridge. This is a railway bridge that carries trains across the river and into Charing Cross station. It used to have a walkway either side but these were removed (they were horrible). Two new foot bridges were built either side of Hungerford Bridge. Opened in 2002 these are known as the Golden Jubilee Bridges.
My final picture of the night was taken from one of the Golden Jubilee Bridges looking back towards the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament.
View from one of the Golden Jubilee Bridges
After crossing the Thames again I entered Charing Cross station to discover that the train home would be late. Some things never change.