Sunny Days At South Bank

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Last month, and again at the beginning of this month, I met up with a nice South African lady called Charlie, who lives in London.

On one sunny Sunday afternoon in July, I caught a train from Guildford to Waterloo station in London to meet Charlie for the first time.

When I arrived at Waterloo station, I got a call from Charlie to say she was stuck at Victoria station and she couldn’t get to Waterloo, as the Underground train lines were closed. She asked me if I could meet her at Victoria station.

I jumped on an Underground train and got as close as I could to where she was. I then caught a bus from there to Victoria.

I got off the bus and met Charlie inside Victoria station; we then jumped on a bus to head back to Waterloo.

It was a good day for a walk by the Thames, so I took Charlie along the South Bank, which she had not been to before.

There were lots of interesting things to see, and many street performers.

The first performer we can across was a guy dressed as a Policeman, but he was wearing a ballerinas tutu. We posed for photographs, and he lifted me up by the back of my shirt and jumper. He was quite funny.

Ello, ello, ello

We're being arrested by a policeman in a tutu!

As we walked, we came across a crowd that had formed a circle around a performer who was juggling glass balls.

Juggling with glass balls

We then saw a couple of Chameleons on bikes, a man painted gold with long arms, a living silver wizard statue, and a golden queen on her throne.

Chameleons on bikes

Golden man with long arms

Silver wizard

Golden queen on her throne

There was a guy sitting still wearing sunglasses and a silly hat with an electric guitar. I gave him £1 expecting him to play a tune on his electric guitar, and he instead didn’t play his guitar, and just gave a short tune which blew through his kazoo. Charlie found this very funny.

Waiting for a tune to be played on the guitar

He plays a tune on his kazoo instead


We also saw what looked like a cat in a cat box. It was really a man dressed as a cat singing from his cat box, his body was hidden underneath the table. He looked very funny.

Singing cat

I asked Charlie if she’d been on the London Eye before, and she hadn’t. So we went and got tickets to go on it. At the beginning of the queue where we bought tickets there was a waxwork of Luciano Pavarotti. Charlie posed with the waxwork for a picture, as she likes classical music.

Charlie and Pavarotti

Charlie is a musical person, as she has a piano at home that she plays. She sang me a funny song.

After we bought our tickets, we had a bit of a wait before we get on the London Eye, so we walked further along the South Bank to look round the Tate Modern Art Gallery.

We had a quick look round inside the Tate Modern, and then headed back towards the London Eye.

On the way we past a load of people dressed in furry cat, dog, fox and rabbit costumes. Charlie thought they were lovely and cuddly, so I took her pictures with them, and she a few of me with them too.

Walking back along the South Bank we spotted a table which had flowering plant pots on it. One of the plant pots had a face with funny teeth and nose, which spoke to us. I took a picture of it, as it looked very unusual and odd.

Talking flowerpot

We took some pictures of each other with the Thames and Houses of Parliament behind us. We saw Mickey Mouse wandering around, so we got a picture with him too.

It was then time to go on the London Eye.

There was quite a long queue, but it didn’t take too long before we were on it and admiring the views across London spotting famous landmarks of the city. Charlie was a little scared of the heights, but enjoyed the ride.

Spotting landmarks from the London Eye

Charlie scared of heights

We then had a nice meal in Wagamamas.

It was then time to go home, as it was late evening. We both had a great day out at South Bank.

The following weekend, Charlie wanted to go to the South Bank again.

I met Charlie at Waterloo station on the Sunday afternoon; it was another bright sunny day. She was wearing a nice South African styled safari dress.

We saw some good black African street performers, who were very flexible as well as good as balancing and juggling things.

There was also a funny pair of headless people.

A headless pair

Charlie found a guy who was making balloon shaped animals, and other objects out of balloons for children. He made one boy a sword, shield and a hat. Charlie wanted something made out of balloons, so he made her a teddy bear inside a heart.

Balloons turned into a heart with a teddy bear

I saw a performer who was standing still in robotic like postures with people he got from the street. Charlie pushed me into doing a robotic pose with him, which I did. He bent me into position, and Charlie took some pictures. I then took some pictures of Charlie doing it, he posed in a dancing position with her.

Me being put into a robotic pose

Charlie being put into a robotic pose

We walked on further along South Bank and we saw a beach on the bank of the Thames. There were some sand sculptures in shaped of a sofa, and of giant flowers. Some musicians were on the beach playing music on flutes and guitar.

Might be a bit dodgy sitting on a sofa made out of sand!

I took Charlie to the HeyJo Club for a nice meal in the Abracadabra restaurant.  We saw the club owner David West and Rama and they came over and said hello. We enjoyed our three-course meal, it was very nice.

After had had our meal and drinks, we headed back home.

I enjoyed my visits to London.

Comments on Sunny Days At South Bank

Posted by Emm | 28 August, 2009 7:05 PM | Emm's home page | | Permalink

Oh I love South Bank! What a beautiful, colourful, wonderful day you had! I've seen that cat before!

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Posted by Barry | 28 August, 2009 8:57 PM | | Barry's profile | | Permalink

South Bank is a lively place with so many performers. The cat was fun, it could have done with a saucer of milk.

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