Well my daughter, Becky, and I undertook to visit each place on the London Monopoly board yesterday (Click the link if you are interested where to go and how to plan it). It was a great day and we had a wonderful experience doing the route. We did the trip to raise money to allow Becky to make a trip to the charity the church supports in Kenya.
So, we set off from East Croydon station on Saturday morning, heading for London Bridge. A few worries at this point given that the train was late and we were hanging around for a while – I was a bit fearful that this would set the tone for the day – I couldn’t have been more wrong!!
We arrived at London Bridge, the weather was glorious (but cold – the car showed -5) and set off to find our first place – the old site of the waterworks under London Bridge on Tooley St. Now we must admit that there are no signs of it left but a google assures me it was there at some point! And that is surely what counts!!
After that it was the bus to the Old Kent Rd and then we walked down to Tower Bridge and on to Fenchurch St, through Vine St and off to Whitechapel. What was interesting over the course of the day was that we actually often chose to walk rather than take public transport. It not only gave us a better experience enjoying the streets but it was often easier than searching for the bus stop etc. The main exception we made was the next part of the journey where we had to get to Marylebone Station via a number of places. We started off on the tube (blurry picture of Liverpool St Station is because we jumped off and then jumped back on the tube!). At Angel, Islington we got off and waited for the next train as it was less stressful!
From Kings X we got the bus over to Marylebone which was the longest stretch between places.
Then it was down to Marble Arch and from then on the places came quick and fast. Park Lane, Mayfair (any place south of Oxford St and West of Bond St and East of Park Lane), Bind St, Regents St, Gt Marlborough St, Picadilly, Coventry St (where Becky is sent to jail by a policeman!), Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square, Pall Mall, Whitehall, Northumberland Ave, Strand, Charing Cross station.
The weather was so cold that the fountain on Trafalgar square had heavy ice on it!
Finally, we did Bow St and Fleet St. It did feel a little odd ending up at Fleet St (especially since it is so quiet on a Saturday)
So, did we enjoy it? absolutely, it was great fun and well worth doing. It was interesting to see lots of different parts of London. Saturday does make quite a bit of difference as well since some parts were as dead as a dodo (the city and places to the east) whereas Oxford St and the central parts were heaving. The route we took is here.
Well dad basically summed up what we did!! It was so much fun taking pictures , especially when the signs were above McDonalds !!! everyone around us got very confused why I wanted my picture taken by McDonalds it was so lovely to see the sights of London at the crack of dawn to the hustle and bustle of 12:00 shopping! I have to say though that I now appreciate people who walk with a purpose!
My favourite moment was definitely when dad ran up to a policeman asking him if he could take a picture of him arresting his daughter! The police man did look a tad confused 🙂
I had such a lovely time with my dad in London I am convinced into making the whole family do it together 😀 !!
I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who sponsored me; you have made this kid very happy and without you I couldn’t go to Kenya Thank you sooooooooooooooooooo much I really do appreciate it 🙂 🙂 🙂
(Note: to see larger sizes of the pictures click on one and then it will start a slideshow)