At Leicester Square we saw hundreds of pigeons, crapping on everyone and everything. You can't feed them anymore as they are becoming such a menace. Pigeons in London have to be the dumbest birds we've ever come across
. When you walk near them they just seem to fly straight at you and you often get dive bombed by one randomly descending from the heavens. Annoying! Nelson's Column was boarded up and surrounded by scaffolding, undergoing much needed repairs so we didn't get to see much of it. We then wandered across the road to Admiralty Archway and saw the statue of Captain James Cook. Around the corner was the huge open space where they conduct the Trooping of the Colours later on in the year. 10 Downing Street was surrounded by huge steel and concrete barriers and was guarded by men with nasty looking machine guns. an understandable reaction to the events that occurred on 7/7. Looking through St James' Park we could see glimpses of Buckingham Palace, so after being in London so long we figured it was time to see if we could drop in on the Queen. Walking up The Mall we saw the roundabout where the statue of Queen Victoria sits. The Palace was okay, nothing compared to some of the brilliant architecture we'd seen in Russia. It was a bit so so.
The weather was starting to close in and the tourists becoming a bit too overbearing so we headed back to Oxford Street so Megan could pick up another Nurse uniform and Rick a new backpack that was on special. He's sad to see his trusted old one go by the wayside; it'd had been there through thick and thin since he was 14. Oh well - goodbye green backpack, we had a lot of great times together, you will be sadly missed.
With some spare time up our sleeves and really wanting to go and see more of London we decided to join the throngs of tourists and visit some of London's famous landmarks. Starting at Cleopatra's Needle on the banks of the River Thames, we wandered through the park and stumbled across The Weekend Guardian Photography Prize exhibition. As it was free (and we're trying to extend our money as to see as much as possible) we figured why not and walked in. There was no one else in there and the lady at the counter seemed a little bit annoyed that we had broken the silence; oh well. Some of the photos were great, giving us some creative ideas on how we can take better photos.