A number 23 bus for me today to Trafalgar Square and short work down Whitehall
… with the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Palace over the road
Big Ben is not actually the name of the clock or the tower … it is the name of the great bell inside the tower
My destination is to the right and behind St Margaret’s Church, the Anglican Church of the House of Commons. Unfortunately it's closed at present but well worth a visit I think next time.
where I’d booked a guided tour with one of the Vergers allowing me to see parts of the Abbey not available normally. (The verger arrived wearing a warm woollen cape which gives some indication of how cold it was in there!). The tour was very interesting and for the extra £5 was well worth it.
Photography is not allowed inside the Abbey so I’ve taken
Looking up at the Nave
The magnificent Lady Chapel ceiling and ensigns of current knights
The verger also informed us of something to look forward to in 2018 … the triforium
… and the Chapter House where I met the Abbey resident cat!
These Abbey visitors were creating sounds that echoed quite musically round the octagonal building which was used as a meeting room for the monks.
Wall paintings in the Chapter house date back to around 1400
Leaving the Chapter House
The Little Cloister and College Garden
Outside once again
… I crossed the road to walk alongside the Palace of Westminster
… and took a final photograph of the Abbey.
Another great day in London!
The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place at Westminster Abbey on 2nd June 1953 and the link above will take you to a digitally enhanced Utube video recording by the BBC of that day.