Lots to explore
On my way home, I spent a couple of nights in London before flying home from Heathrow.
London is busy and full of life. I tried to capture the beauty and spirit of this great city during my brief visit starting with the iconic Palace of Westminster.
The National Covid Memorial Wall in London is a public mural painted by volunteers to commemorate victims of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom. Started in March 2021 and stretching more than one-third mile (five hundred meters) along the South Bank of the River Thames, opposite the Palace of Westminster, and just outside St Thomas' Hospital, the mural consists of thousands of red and pink hearts, intending to have one heart for each of the approximately 150,000 casualties of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom at the time of the mural's commencement.
The intent was for each heart to be "individually hand-painted; utterly unique, just like the loved ones we’ve lost". The mural was organized by campaign group Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice, with the help of the campaign group Led By Donkeys, and painting first commenced in March 2021. It seems that the mural will remain indefinitely. I was moved by it. It feels huge.
The London Eye was launched in 2000 and is now the UK’s most popular paid for visitor attraction and one of London’s most recognizable structures.
Westminster Abbey is one of the United Kingdom's most notable religious buildings and the traditional place of coronation and a burial site for English and, later, British monarchs. Sixteen royal weddings have occurred at the Abbey since 1100.
St Clement Danes is a beautiful Anglican church in the City of Westminster, London. It is situated outside the Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand. The church was gutted during the Blitz and restored in 1958, when it was adapted to its current function as the central church of the Royal Air Force.
The people of London have an undeniable character.
And London at night is beautiful and lively. I look forward to visiting again.