London’s Westminster & Trafalgar Square Walk | Quiet London Weekday Afternoon

After a day at the Royal Horticultural Society I decide to walk from Victoria to Charing Cross Railway Station. Walk with me as I see a flower decorated pub, Westminster Abbey (built 1090), Elizabeth Tower (renamed in June 2012 in honour of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee), The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Bridge (opened 24 May 1862), down Victoria Embankment, slipping down Horse Guards Avenue into Whitehall and passed The Women of War statue (unveiled July 2005), The Cenotaph (unveiled 11 November 1920) and Downing Street (built in the 1680s by Sir George Downing). The journey then takes me down King Charles Street (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) down Clive Steps and across Horse Guards Road into St James’s Park (established 1603).

In St James’s Park the borders are full of seasonal flowers and a riot of colour, a quick visit to the gardens of Duck Island Cottage (built 1841) and meet the resident pelicans. Walking back across Horse Guards Road and into Horse Guards Parade and the back view of 10 Downing Street, home of the British Prime Minister (currently Mr Boris Johnson, who was born in Upper East Side, New York, United States).

Once across Horse Guards Parade I’m back in Whitehall but this time head for Trafalgar Square and explain why one of the plinths has a large ice-cream sitting on it. Crossing the square I arrive in Pall Mall East, passing Oceanic House (designed by Henry Tanner junior and completed in 1907 for the White Star Line, and where you would have bought your tickets to sail on RMS Titanic), heading to Haymarket, home of Her Majesty’s Theatre (playing Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera since 9th October 1986). Across the road is the Theatre Royal Haymarket (playing Heathers the Musical) – it’s here that my walk comes to an end. Thank you for joining me for this afternoon walk through London.

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Chapters
00:00 Introduction
01:18 Westminster Abbey, built 1090 and burial place of eight British Prime Ministers including William Pitt, William Gladstone, Neville Chamberlain and Clement Attlee.
03:55 Portcullis House
04:35 Does London feel safe?
04:55 The Palace of Westminster
07:00 The Jewel Tower
07:53 Abingdon Street Gardens
08:07 Monarchs entrance
08:36 The Palace of Westminster
10:21 Winston Churchill statue
10:30 Walking to Westminster Bridge
12:51 Westminster Bridge
14:40 Embankment
17:07 The Battle of Britain memorial
17:18 Embankment looking over The Thames to The London Eye
19:34 Horse Guards Road
20:43 Queen Mary’s steps, Whitehall
21:49 Walking to Whitehall
23:35 Whitehall (The Women of World War II, Downing Street, The Cenotaph)
28:15 King Charles Street (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
29:42 Clive Steps
30:11 Horse Guards Road into St James’s Park
31:25 Duck Island Cottage and garden
34:02 St James’s Park Pelicans and ducks
35:00 Back of Downing Street
35:31 Horse Guards Parade
35:43 St James’s Park flower beds
38:33 Horse Guards Parade
41:00 Whitehall to Trafalgar Square passing Trafalgar Studios
44:21 Admiralty Arch and entrance to The Mall
44:35 Trafalgar Square
45:50 The Fourth Plinth (Queen Elizabeth II)
46:21 Trafalgar Square and Pall Mall East
47:25 Canada House
48:00 Oceanic House, once the White Star Line HQ, owners of the RMS Titanic
48:45 Haymarket
49:05 Her Majesty’s Theatre owned by Sir Andrew Lloyd-Webber (The Phantom of the Opera
49:22 Hidden full size swimming pool in Central London
49:45 Her Majesty’s Theatre
50:00 Theatre Royal Haymarket (Heathers The Musical)
50:20 Stage Door of Her Majesty’s Theatre
50:30 Thank you for watching

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  1. spent our honeymoon in london 1963 thank you for the memories

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