We decided to head out without a nap, so we could make the most of the daylight. We headed to the Gloucester Road Tube for a ride to Picadilly Circus. We had lunch on Heddon Street at Piccolino. I have eaten there many times, and I love the atmosphere and the sophistocated Italian menu.
I think it was spring break in London, because the streets were crowded with families out shopping and dining. We did a bit of shopping ourselves, stopping at Whittard's of Chelsea, where we both purchased a hand-painted "Tea with the Queen" mug, and sampled some warm cider. I don't know why but in the photo in the following link the words are backwards. Did they photograph it in a mirror?
After coffee and dessert, we were ready to head to St. James Park to see the flowers and birds.
Many of the flowers were just starting to open, but others were in full bloom. They do such a beautiful job of planting the seasonal varities and colors is gorgeous patterns in the flower beds.
The Horse Guards Parade was beautiful against the background of the blue skies, white clouds and the London Eye across the Thames. Read a bit about the history of the grounds, which have been in use since the 17th century and were used for tilting during the time of Henry VIII.
This photo doesn't do justice to the brilliant colors of the daffodils, and the blossoms on the cherry trees.
We took the Tube back to Gloucester Road and went across the street to a little cafe called Patisserie which I like. They have a small raised balcony where I like to perch with a glass of wine and enjoy the superb people watching, as the sun sets and Londoners make their way home, or head out for the evening.