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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

On the Thames

This is still recording our first day in London. After going on the London Eye, we took a boat tour which is also run by the Eye group. It takes you along a stretch of the Thames from the Houses of Parliament to Tower Bridge. We had a very amusing tour guide called Leighton who basically rewrote London history with his dry wit, Londoners obviously do not hold their politicians in high regard, nor their modern architects...

It seems on this trip that most of what we want to see is undergoing refurbishment and repairs. The historic Savoy, home to so many Gilbert and Sullivan premiers is completely under wraps and unphotographable. Tower Bridge is being repainted so it was impossible to get the classic end to end view, and I had to content myself with a detail shot.

Houses of Parliament with what our guide called an inferior boat company's vessel in front - rather possessive of their bit of water.

The Eye in full next to the refurbished County Hall which serves as the administrative building for the Eye group and a museum.

Shades of my first operetta, The Yeomen of the Guard, as we go past the Tower of London. Look out for the entrance to Traitor's Gate.