St Dunstan-in-the-East

In one form or another, St Dunstan-in-the-East has been around since 1100. Who would have thought a church blown up in the blitz could be a little place of tranquillity in the city?

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Well used by city-folk on their lunch-breaks.

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Sky garden looming over like an uninvited guest.

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And if you want more info

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The Banqueting House

Turn right at the Houses of Parliament, walk along Whitehall until you get to Horse Guards Parade.

On the opposite side of the road is Banqueting House, the only remaining part of the Whitehall Palace. Designed in 1619 by Inigo Jones.

Here, for six pounds you can lie on a beanbag and stare at the ceiling for your whole lunch break.

Painted around 1636, by the Flemish painter, Sir Paul Rubens, now remains his only in-situ ceiling paining.  After a mix up on the measurements (length of a foot is different in Belgium) it was cut to size by Inigo and Rubens’ apprentice. The artist never did see his work.

You also get an audio guide.

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Yes it really is opposite Horse Guards Parade.

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HMS President

Take a winter’s walk along the Southbank to the Oxo Tower and prepare to be  dazzled.

HMS President (1918), one of only three remaining WW1 warships, has received a makeover by artist Tobias Rehberger in homage to the Dazzle Ships of the First World War.

The Ship will be docked on Victoria Embankment until January 2016.

Website: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions
Location: Best view is from Oxo Tower on Southbank

Banksy Tunnel – Leake Street

View some inspiring street art in Leake Street and enjoy some official anti-establishment graffiti.

Usually you will see some street artists at work, and quite often photo shoots of cyber punk looking models posing in front of transient art work.  Wiki states the tunnel was  “initially created during the “Cans Festival” organised by Banksy on 3-5 May 2008″ .

You always get some great clicks here.

Just round the corner on Lower Marsh is a plethora of trendy coffee shops, my favourite is Scooterworks.

Enjoy!

Leake Street
Lambeth, London SE1 7NN
Cost: Free