Well thanks to Deborah for 2 weeks of awesome blog posting! The only issue is - now the pressure is on! My humble posts from small beginnings may not live up to the competition! Well I shall do my best! Apologies to our viewers - if in fact we do have any - but we skipped a week with our Secret London Lunch Breaks due to my annoying flu-like symptoms! Sorry! But no fear, I am here to report last week's jaunt, and will carry on as usual next week.
We were blessed with another bright sunny day, isn't March turning out to be sun-tastic? A perfect day for our trip to Tower Hill. So we jumped on the Circle Line, which was late. As usual. But we arrived in pretty good time, only 3 stops from Moorgate.
So, first port of call, a HUGE bronze sundial directly outside Tower Hill tube station (commissioned by London Transport), encircled by a bronze band illustrating 2000 years of the history of London from AD 43 when London was founded right up to 1982 when the Thames Barrier was built.
A great view of the Tower of London could be had from the sundial, perfect photo opportunities! And together with a view of The Shard in the background, an impressive mix of old and new.
So after admiring the lovely sundial for a reasonable amount of time, and mingling in with the tourists quite nicely, we headed in the direction of Tower Bridge. Now you may think - 'Tower Bridge? That's rather predictable isn't it?!' 'I thought you were Secret London Investigators, not boring old tourists!'. But hold your judgement all you doubters out there! We came, not to see the beautiful bridge itself, but a rather small feature of it... We were looking for the Secret Chimney! Yes! A secret chimney! Passing by, you'd never notice this hidden feature, but here we were hunting for it. As we approached, we stuck to the right hand side of the road, examining each of the Bridge's lampposts as we went. Then suddenly, we spied a lamppost without a lamp! It appeared thicker than the other lampposts and was obviously something different. We had found the secret chimney!
At first glance I was quite impressed by the sculpture - or maybe there's just something about a fountain of clear water on a hot day, but upon closer inspection, I saw, shall we say, details, which made me want to throw up a little in the fountain. But I managed to divert my eyes and could admire the sculpture from a different angle. See what you make of it.
So another adventure came to a close and we headed back to the office, but refreshed and entertained and excited to plan the next one!!