However, at the weekend we had a lovely couple of days in London, firstly, visiting 'Art and Life', an exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery featuring the work of Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis and the pottery of William Staite Murray. It was all quite maritime, preparing us for the visit to the Tall Ships the next day.
We travelled all the way from London Bridge to Dulwich on the bus, passing through my old haunts of Camberwell and East Dulwich. Camberwell looks much the same as it did 40 years ago, but East Dulwich is so gentrified you would not know it was the same place. All artisan chocolatiers and organic bakers.
That night, we stayed in the Premier Inn by Tate Modern, which was fine, except we had a room right on the top floor by some noisy fan outlet. I went down the following morning and told them at Reception that we had not had the excellent night's sleep they promise, and my money was refunded then and there.... amazing. We will certainly stay there again - and ask for the same room. No seriously, I was impressed by the customer service.
|Night view from Bankside Pier|
Anyway, it was good fun. We cruised under London Bridge and then Tower Bridge, and down past Canary Wharf, stopping at various piers along the way.
|The Shard and HMS Belfast|
|Under Tower Bridge...|
|Tower Bridge recedes|
|The Tower - The Traitor's Gate|
|Uninspired Docklands development|
After watching the ships for about an hour, we got hungry, forged our way inland until the crowds thinned out and found a pub with nobody in it for beer and steak sandwiches. The caught the boat back up-river again. It was all most satisfactory.
|We sail away from Greenwich|