On our last trip to London we started where we had finished on the previous trip – St. Paul's Cathedral. On our previous visit we were there in the late afternoon which meant that the west end of the cathedral was nicely lit but the east end was in deep shadow but this trip it was the east end which was nicely lit by the morning sun.

 
 
On this side of the cathedral there were some nice gardens, nothing spectacular – but nice, and altough we could see the Stone Gallery round the dome there was nobody on it.
 
After we finished here we walked down Ludgate Hill (did you know that Ludgate Hill is the highest point in london?) and on into Fleet Street where we spotted these two buildings.
 
 
Known as 'Mary Queen of Scots House' they look a bit Tudory but we didn't really believe that, in view of the Great Fire of London, so we did a bit of digging – metaphorically you understand. It appears to be one building, erected by Sir John Tollemache Sinclair a scottish politician and landowner who was born in 1825 and died in 1912, so it can't be much older than 100 years. Appearences can be deceptive!
 
On the way along Ludgate Hill and Fleet Street I was trying to get a decent picture of the said streets but that turned out to be nearly impossible because of traffic getting in the way – especially buses. It then occurred to me that the best way to do that would be from the front seat on the top deck of one of those very buses. That is something I plan to try sometime but this time I did get a picture of one of the buses.
 
 
You may be able to see that there is a person in one of the seats on the top deck on the side nearest to the centre of the road and when I enlarged that section I could see that they had a camera in their hands. I'm not the only one with that idea then.
 
On our diversion to Lincoln's Inn we found this unusual sign.
 
 
So don't try and take any of the windows out without asking otherwise you could be in big trouble (no souvenirs please!).
 
Our second 'round' was the round nave of the Temple Church – a pretty amazing place.
 
 
It also had a pretty amazing Norman doorway which, having been built in the 12th century, is around 800-900 years old.
 
 
We saw this in Inner and Middle Temple –  a complex of gardens, courtyards, passageways and little lanes between Fleet Street and the Embankment. We discovered once we were home that we'd actually managed to miss half of it so we plan to go back and rectify that.
 
We emerged from the Temple onto the Embankment to our first view of the London Eye.
 
 
You can probably see that the Houses of Parliament are not very far away. Then a little further along I took this next picture of the Golden Jubilee Bridge – well half of it to be precise as it consists of two pedestrian walkways, one on each side of the railway bridge. We went up onto the bridge but didn't cross to the other side of the river. The bridge that you can't see, on the other side of the railway bridge, gives a good view of the London Eye.
 
 
Further along the Embankment we encountered Cleopatra's Needle together with the two sphinxes and two of the elephants that Marie mentioned of which only one is shown in the picture.

 
 
The sphinxes should have been installed so that they were facing outwards, guarding the needle, but someone blundered and they were installed facing the wrong way. Ooops!
 
We went from here to Westminster and eventually finished up at Trafalgar Square details of which are on the main web site in the London, Westminster pages.
 
We will, of course, be going back when we get the chance.