A damp and grey London walk along the Albert and Victoria Embankments

A damp and grey London walk along the Albert and Victoria Embankments

I was hoping to see London covered in clean, crisp white snow, but instead the New Year has started in a more traditional manner, with the capital under a grey, oppressive sky bringing  dampness and drizzle.

In at attempt to shake off the post-NYE party comedown, we went for a six mile walk around central London, starting off at Vauxhall tube.

A damp and grey London walk along the Albert and Victoria Embankments

Passing the SIS Building (aka the MI6 Building), the headquarters of the British Secret Intelligence Service.

A damp and grey London walk along the Albert and Victoria Embankments

Looking east, with the London Eye visible in the distance.

A damp and grey London walk along the Albert and Victoria Embankments

Rainy Vauxhall.

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A damp and grey London walk along the Albert and Victoria Embankments

Seagulls and a jogger.

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This guy was entertaining himself feeding the seagulls bread.

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Upturned wooden boats on the Albert Embankment.

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Walking under Lambeth Bridge.

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The Houses of Parliament in the January gloom.

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Banner left over from the New Year celebrations a few days earlier.

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Looking west along the rain-soaked walkway by St Thomas’ Hospital.

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Westminster bridge. From now on the route becomes packed with tourists.

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A damp and grey London walk along the Albert and Victoria Embankments

Merry-go-Round in the rain.

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Bubble making street entertainer.

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Taking a picture by Gabriel’s Wharf.

A damp and grey London walk along the Albert and Victoria Embankments

Under umbrellas on Victoria Embankment.