It was a deliberate wander, with a view to visiting my friend Jennifer at Wippells. She was not in on a Monday. I will have to return. I know, I promised ‘no shopping’ while on holidays and have been very abstemious so far. I began at the end of my street, with St Martin’s in the Fields.And on to the Embankment where I walked through the parks rather than along the riverfront which was covered with various hoardings.There were quite a few statues and memorials in today’s walk. The first was William Tyndale. I’m not sure why he is in the Embankment Gardens nor where he acquired the mobile phone that he appears to be clutching.Next I liked the RAF memorial below.Then a memorial to those who died in the Korean War.And similarly for those who fought and fired in Afghanistan and in Iraq.I happened upon New Scotland Yard, having earlier passed (old) Scotland Yard (the street).And a memorial to police officers killed in the line of duty.Next,on the approach to Westminster Bridge, a wonderful Boadicea statue.This is opposite my favourite London modern building, Portcillus House, full of parliamentary offices and opposite the Palace of Westminster.I just love the chimneys, and Westminster tube station below.Plenty of statues in Parliament Square Gardens too.Winston Churchill.David Lloyd George.Sure me Idid not know – Ian Christian Smutsand Millicent Fawcett, suffragist.Some that seemed oddly out of place – Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela (not very English, even Abraham Lincoln).Westminster Abbey was closed today and I could get a photo without streams of tourists queuing.Then on through the Dean’s YardAnd past Church House (the administrative home of the Church of England) to inevitable trouble- clergy tat paradise- Tufton St Westminster.Rather keen on this low Mass set, but it will have to wait until September.The sight of all those SCP priests in the past week wearing their black clergy shirts forced me to buy some more, despite have a wardrobe full – I wish they would iron themselves though.
A wonderful bevy of statues, especially the RAF with wings. Glad that you bought the appropriate blacks, so handsome with your collar.