Today we had planned to visit St. Paul’s and I had bought tickets in advance to beat the line and get a guided tour. However when we arrived there was a crowd outside and a formal service about to occur with dignitaries so no tours. We joined the crowd to do some potential celebrity spotting and learnt that there was a service to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain including a fly over of Spitfire vintage aeroplanes.
Due to this disruption and with other plans afoot plan B was for my wife and son to go and visit TATE Modern over the Millennium bridge and for me to go and visit a librarian colleague who had done a job exchange to Australia fifteen years ago.
I took the tube to the quaintly titled Elephant and Castle station to find the London South Bank University. It was a fairly modern University and similar to my home institution and former institution that I worked for with similar cohort and courses offered. One thing that was interesting was quiet pods for the students to study in. The library had multiple level so a tour of the library had us progressing over the multiple buildings and levels.
London South Bank University
I had lunch with my colleague and then made my way back to meet my wife and son on the Millennium bridge and tour St. Paul’s. We talked to the volunteer guides and hosts who were members of the church before the tour. We found out that at the earlier special service Prince Andrew had been the Royal representative. We were not permitted to take photos inside St. Paul’s. The tour was a highlight particularly standing under the dome. The tour guide pointed out to us a memorial particularly to Melbourne in St. Paul’s. My son and I after the tour went up to the wall of whispers and then beyond that up to the top of the tower where you could take photos of the surrounds.
We had fish and chips from a pub near St. Paul’s and made our way home for an early night as the next day we were off to Paris!