South Bank, Tate Modern, & County Hall

We returned from our trip to the Cotswolds for another couple days of exploring in London.

My horrible cold had reared its ugly head again overnight, and I awoke feeling groggy and queasy. We had reservations for breakfast at Dishoom and went ahead with the plan, but I had an appetite only for a small bowl of porridge, although it was quite good. Mr. Chuckles ordered the chili cheese toast which he reported was excellent.

We rested for a couple hours back at the hotel and fortunately I started to feel better by around noon. I was able to muster up the energy to go for a walk across Westminster Bridge to see if we could view any of the Queen’s procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, where she would Lie in State for the next four days.

By now, major crowds had descended in the Westminster area. We were at least able to see some street art in Graffiti Tunnel near Waterloo Station and take a nice walk along the Westminster Bridge which had been closed to traffic, but other than that couldn’t find anywhere to get a view of the procession.

We weren’t about to fight through crowds to catch a glimpse of a coffin, so we turned around to cross Jubilee Bridge back toward the south bank. Along the way, we got a good view of the London Eye, which we had decided not to ride on this trip.

Appreciating art at Tate Modern

We stopped for a snack break at Snog for frozen yogurt and then went over to the Tate Modern. This gallery houses the United Kingdom’s national collection of international modern and contemporary art, one of the largest modern art museums in the world. As with most other national galleries and museums in the UK, admission is free and it’s a fun place to spend a few hours walking around.

Witness for the Prosecution at County Hall

We went back to our hotel for dinner at The Hoxton’s rooftop restaurant Seabird, and made use of my Amex Hotel Collections credit for a yummy meal of oysters, jamon croquettes, dressed crab, heritage tomato salad, and patatas bravas.

Then we were on our way to see Witness for the Prosecution at County Hall. Based on a short story by Agatha Christie, this play has been in production in London since 1953 when it opened at the Winter Garden Theatre. In 2017, the new production at County Hall started, with the play staged within a real courtroom.

Walking through Southwark on the way to County Hall.
County Hall.

The plot is centred around a court case when a young man is charged with the murder of a wealthy older woman. We got seats in the galleries which were a cramped fit, although the view was still good even in the back rows. For a higher price, you can sit right in the courtroom stalls and there are VIP seats on the jury bench where you participate in an interactive component of the play. There is a crazy twist ending that I won’t spoil for you, but suffice it to say that the show was very entertaining.

As we exited County Hall at around 10 pm, we saw a massive queue that had formed along the street. This was the line leading up to Westminster Hall for people to pay their respects to the Queen during her Lying in State. In the following days, we would see this line snake over 4 kilometres all the way to the Tower of London, with reported wait times of nearly 20 hours! That is some true devotion to the Monarch.

We certainly were not interested in participating in this so we weaved our way past the crowd toward our hotel. The next day would be our final one in London, with a few more items to check off our bucket list.

15 responses to “South Bank, Tate Modern, & County Hall”

  1. OMG your photo of Big Ben is amazing! That alone makes me want to go back! We only had a few days in London and for sure need to go back!

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    1. It was cool to get that photo of Big Ben with Westminster Bridge closed to traffic. London is an amazing city and I would go back again too!


  2. […] slept in a little after our late night out at the theatre, but managed to get up in time to catch the tube and start our day. The first stop for our final […]


  3. I have been enjoying your trip to London! I would love to go to the Tate and all the other great places you have seen.

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    1. Thank you for reading! I love the Tate Modern, lots of bizarre art which was entertaining to see.

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  4. We saw Agatha Christie’s The Mouse Trip in London, but I’d not heard of Witness for the Prosecution. I’ll have to check it out.

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  5. Glad to see Big Ben is (finally) done with its restorations! I’d gone just months before it went under construction seven years prior, and it’s great that the remodeling work is completed– looks as good as ever! Never been to the Tate Modern, but I’ve heard it’s wonderful– thankfully, you got better with the cold afterwards in order to enjoy the rest of London (and Iceland)!

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    1. Yes Big Ben was noticeable shinier, looking good! I also just learned that it has been renamed Elizabeth Tower since 2012.

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  6. I saw Witness to the Prosecution with my Granny, she’s no longer here so your reminder made me smile 🙂 You’ve had a wonderful trip and done so much!

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    1. This was another activity I learned about from your blog. It was totally worth seeing!


  7. Great pictures of Big Ben and the Eye!

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  8. looks like you had a brilliant time in London! Great job capturing it with the camera too!

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  9. […] where we were staying. We came here for an early dinner before heading over to County Hall to watch Witness for the Prosecution. The menu features mostly Spanish-style tapas and they also apparently have London’s longest […]


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