We started this day with a walk along the Thames, where we saw this picturesque market...
...and the exterior of Shakespeare's Globe, where our daughter had seen ROMEO AND JULIET a few days previous.
The Tate Modern Collection (click title of post) is housed in a rather boring-looking building...
...which is actually quite interesting, in a stark sort of way, once you're inside. I found the museum's overall design one of its most enjoyable aspects.
Modern art isn't really my thing, but they did have some works in the collection which I found of interest, including Monet's Water-Lilies (After 1916) and many paintings by Picasso.
Like many museums in London, admission to the Tate is free of charge. It is requested that you make a donation in an amount of your choosing as you enter or exit.
There is a cafe in the museum which has a counter running along a window which offers spectacular views of the Thames and St. Paul's:
Another restaurant view of the London Skyline, including the Gherkin building:
The Millennium Bridge connects the south bank of the Thames (Bankside) with St. Paul's and the City:
Later in the day we walked over the bridge and visited St. Paul's Cathedral.
Seeing the tombs of Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington in St. Paul's Crypt is a moving experience for any student of British history. Christopher Wren is also interred in the Crypt.
I was curious that there is now a fairly substantial admission fee to tour St. Paul's; apparently this began in 1991 to help pay for maintenance. There is no fee for those who are there to worship.
After an excellent lunch at a Pizza Express near St. Paul's, it was time to get on the train at Paddington Station...
...and head to Windsor!
Previously: Day One (London museums); Hampton Court Palace; Kensington Palace and the Albert Memorial.
Coming Soon: Windsor Castle (with a cameo appearance by Prince Edward); Blenheim Palace; The Imperial War Museum; and more on Disneyland Paris.