St Paul’s and the Houses of Parliament are my favourite London landmarks.
Currently the thought of visiting Oxford Street feels me with dread. It is bad enough normally, let alone when the Olympics are happening! One New Change in the City, near St Paul’s, is a good alternative. There are several high street stores (including Banana Republic, Hobbs, Reiss, H&M. Topshop) and at the weekend they are empty! Perfect for browsing and leisurely trying a few things on.
We went a few weekends ago and took the glass lift to the roof where you can enjoy the view of London. You can only really see South, but the views are far-reaching; from the Shard to Strata all the way to Battersea Power Station and the Crystal Palace phone mast.
Afterwards we went for a short stroll to St Paul’s. We stopped for an impromptu and relaxed afternoon tea at the aptly named ‘Tea‘. I recommend the Monkey Picked tea, which is slightly chocolatey in flavour. As you can see, the view was pretty nice!