The skies opened as we were ready for hitting the shops – strolled from St James’ Park along the Mall, past Clarence House and St James’ Palace, touching on Pall Mall and up St James’s Street to Piccadilly. Meandering through the Burlington Arcade with its costumed Beadles, we then refreshed ourselves at my work opposite, before heading on to Regent Street.

at Hamleys after Hamleys

Next stop (by most popular request!) was Hamleys. Top of Hannah’s shopping list was a green fluffy crocodile and she happened to be in luck! Spent the best part of 2 hours exploring all 5 floors, not to mention the best part of 100 squid between us.

a London Eye pod County Hall from the London Eye

Loaded with Hamleys bags and a very happy 4 year old, we took the tube to Embankment, then crossed over the Thames to the South Bank on the new(ish) Hungerford Bridge. The skies were clear again in time for our flight on the London Eye at 4pm.

view of the Houses of Parliament from the London Eye view of Buckingham Palace & St James' Park from the Eye

It was an absolute joy to have sole use of Keith’s digital camera! Had great fun experimenting with panoramic shots (horizontal and vertical), black and white, portraits, etc etc. Took photos of such landmarks as the Houses of Parliament and the Big Ben clock tower, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and St James’ Park Lake, BT Tower, Charing Cross, Barbican, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Gherkin Tower, Oxo Tower, Battersea Power Station and County Hall.

Panorama from London Eye

Check out the web cam on the London Eye here.

How to end such a good day? By introducing H to a chicken shish taouk at Tooting’s own Amal Shawarma of course!