A Night Time Walk around Central London

As an alternative view, as a Londoner Living in Westminster, we decided that we would have an evening walk & alternative view of some of the common tourist hot-spots of Central London

Parliament Square & Big Ben at Night

We Started in Parliament Square by the Houses of Parliament. The Houses of Parliament and government have origins dating back to the 13th Century & all the legislation & laws of the UK are debated and decided in this great building. Originally a meeting place of the King and his advisory council to the workplace of the representatives of the people now in a 21st century democracy.

Incidentally…..

A survey of 2,000 people found that the tower (St Stephen’s Tower) was the most popular landmark in the United Kingdom.

And Big Ben was polled as the Most Iconic London Film Location.

We then walked up Whitehall, passing governmental offices of present government and passed The Cenotaph:

The War memorial, known the world over as The Cenotaph, is situated in Whitehall, it was originally built of wood and plaster, for the first anniversary of the armistice in 1919. The memorial you see today was designed by Edward Lutyens and was created from Portland stone, the inscription simply reads “The Glorious Dead”; it was unveiled one year later in 1920.

On the Sunday nearest to 11th November at 11.00am each year, a remembrance service is held here, to commemorate the British Empire and Commonwealth servicemen, who died in the two world wars. The Monarch, representatives of the Church, state, the armed and auxiliary forces, gather to pay respect to those who lost their lives, defending the freedom of others. Hymns are sung, Prayers are said, and the two minute silence is observed; then wreaths of Poppies are laid on the steps of the cenotaph.

The Cenotaph War Memorial Whitehall London

At the End of Whitehall is Trafalgar Square, An unmistakable Tourist Location, home to the Nelsons Column and recognizable worldwide as an iconic image of Central London

The Fountains & The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square

Facing Trafalgar Square is Admiralty Arch

Admiralty arch is a ceremonial gateway that leads from the southwest corner of Trafalgar Square into The Mall. It was commissioned by King Edward VII in memory of his mother, Queen Victoria and was designed in 1910 by Sir Aston Webb. 

There are five arches within the structure, three large central arches and two smaller ones on each outside. The small arches are for pedestrian traffic, the central arch is used by cars on state occasions only and the other two large arches are used by vehicles.

Admiralty Arch London
Admiralty Arch London

 

Leading from Admiralty Arch is The Mall.   The Mall was created as a ceremonial route in the early 20th century & the surface of The Mall is coloured red which gives the effect of a giant red carpet leading up to The Queen Victoria Memorial & Buckingham Palace.

 

Buckingham Palace & The Queen Victoria Memorial
Buckingham Palace & The Queen Victoria Memorial

 

We hope that you are enjoying these alternative views of our Local neighbourhood, We take for granted what is on our doorstep & we hope that you are enjoying our view of this beautiful City.

 

Adrian & Olivia Ouside Buckingham Palace
Adrian & Olivia Outside Buckingham Palace

 

Thank you for reading 🙂

 

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3 thoughts on “A Night Time Walk around Central London

  1. I like that. I’m from London but now ‘exiled’ in rural Leicestershire. I used to love walking around London – both in the day and at night. Thank you for the fabby photos.

  2. The photo’s are amazing.

    There’s so much going on in London that you hardly have time to stop and take it all in. I didn’t know it was called Admiralty Arch and there’s such a lot of history to go with it. Keep going, I want to see more …….

  3. These are fab photos! Great light trails, and I love the way you’ve got the cloudy sky in some of them too 🙂 I think I like the Parliament Square and Trafalgar Square ones best – they’re stunning 🙂

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