We arrived in London on a Sunday around noon. It was sunny and hot – unseasonably warm for London this time of year. In fact, it was 10 degrees cooler back in NYC!
We walked around the City neighborhood of London. We passed by many notable buildings and monuments. Many shops were closed in what is considered the financial district of London because it was a Sunday.
However, per a friend’s recommendation, we checked out Spitalfield Market. Spitalfield was busy with people shopping, eating, and enjoying the weekend weather.
Later in the afternoon, we went to the Tate Modern. TH wanted to see one specific series of paintings, the murals originally painted for the Four Seasons restaurant in NYC by Rothko. Sadly, the Tate had decided to put it away in storage after displaying it for 10 years. They only had one Rothko painting on exhibit. Despite the disappointment, we did go through the Tate Modern, which I enjoyed. TH was not impressed.
We ended the evening in Covent Garden. Much has changed since I was last in London, back in 2001, shortly after the 9/11 attacks. The shopping has changed and there seems to be more restaurants. I remembered Belgo in Covent Garden but did not see the restaurant on this recent visit. Most of the shops were closed and I recalled the shops were open in the evening. That could be just a matter of seasonal timing; it gets darker faster in the cooler seasons.
I also remembered having to climb up spiral stairs from the tube to exit; the elevators were not working at the time. It was an exhausting climb to get to street level. The elevators worked on this visit.
There seemed to be more street performers than last time but that could be due to the difference in seasons when I visited.