London: Cutty Sark, The Shard, The Monument
22 November 2014
Focussed around a belated birthday visit to the Shard, we had a day
out in London starting with a visit to the Cutty Sark and, heading back
to the railway station, a stop at The Monument.
When we last visited the Cutty Sark
in 2006, it was a visit before the refurbishment, little knowing
that the ship would almost be destroyed by fire. So we looked forward to
exploring both the restored ship and the new exhibition. Here the ship
rides the glass wave, high above her dry dock. It makes for a fabulous
view from underneath (see later) and some good space at ground level,
but I think diminishes the ship as seen from this sort of angle - though
of course it's not that different from how much we would have seen had
she been afloat.
Looking upriver from the Cutty Sark, the Shard is just visible
disappearing into the cloud on this miserable day.
The copper-clad hull in the glorious space of the dry dock
It's wonderful to see the ship "floating" above us
We then took a boat upriver for our visit to the Shard
The view of HMS Belfast from level 69 of The Shard
The weather was pretty miserable and not giving us anything like the
best views, but it was still a great experience to see London from up
From the partially open Level 72, looking up
The remains of the poppies in the moat of the Tower of London.
On the way back to the railway station, we stopped at The Monument, and
Stephen climbed to the top, from where there was another view of The
Tower Bridge from The Monument
Looking down the 311 stairs.
The Monument to the Great Fire of London is 202 feet tall and lies 202
feet from the spot in Pudding Lane where the Great Fire started on 2