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Your Armchair Tour of London Wall

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by Kym Hamer (subscribe)
Kym is an Aussie sheila who came to the UK, set down her swag, and stayed. Check out her everyday moments at
Published December 29th 2011
This week's small lull between the festivities of Christmas and the euphoria of New Year's Eve means that Londoners aplenty have availed themselves of the opportunity for rest and relaxation (or a little sale shopping, but I digress). Which means that the actual City of London is pretty deserted at this time of year - a golden opportunity to mosey around free from the usual tyranny of the booted and suited.

My ultimate destination was the Museum of London, but the empty streets tempted me and I spent a little time meandering, fascinated, along London Wall.

London Wall is a street that runs through the City of London (also known as the Square Mile) that is located along the course of the first defensive wall that the Romans built around the beginning of the 3rd century AD.

On a quiet, traffic free day, it is easy to take photos and absorb a little of the atmosphere of London's Roman past:

Roman Arches, London Wall
Preserved Roman arches, London Wall

Roman remains, London Wall
History preserved amid the city

St Alban, Wood Street
St Alban tower, Wood Street

Roman ruins, walkway off London Wall
Roman ruins - walkway near Museum of London

Modern City surrounds the ruins
A modern city surrounds London's history

There is something completely awesome about photographing history like this...
More ruins on the other side of London Wall
More ruins on the other side of London Wall

and then turning around to see this.
Modern 'Meccano' building, London Wall
Modern 'Meccano' building, London Wall

This walk from Moorgate to London Wall was reversed when I left the Museum at 4.30pm. But it was a different view as the day had dipped its lights to herald the night.

Meccano building at Night
The 'Meccano' building from a new perspective

Roman arches - me and my shadow
Roman arches - me and my shadow

I wandered back along London wall towards Moorgate, inspired by new scenes masked by the day during my walk earlier.
Festive cheer - cnr Moorgate and London Wall
A little festive cheer on the corner of Moorgate and London Wall

Beautiful glass arches
Beautiful glasswork, previously hidden by the daylight

The Dragon, guardian of London
The dragon and St George's Cross guarding the City of London

And so with London's guardian of the realm at my back it was time to board the bus and take my weary legs and aching feet back to my cosy flat and a hot bath. But not before a final snap from the bus stop...

'Licorice Allsort' building
The largest licorice allsort I've ever seen

of the largest licorice allsort I've ever seen.

We are so busy rushing to the destination sometimes we often forget that the getting there can be just as fabulous. And all for free.
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