Thanks for calling in.
Do you recognise this chap? It's Paddington Bear of course. Here he is lounging on his case under the clock on Paddington Station in London. He's very famous. When I turned up, I was immediately asked if I could take a photo of a tourist standing next to him. Shame about all the scruffy bits in the background!
Usually when arriving in London there is an agenda in mind, people to meet, places to visit, jobs to go to.
If you leave the Paddington station via the Grand Union Canal exit though, there are a few interesting things to see right outside the station. The Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal is 13.5 miles long and connects with the main Grand Union Canal at Hayes and with the Regents Canal at Little Venice and ends at the Paddington Basin. Lots of canal barges are moored there.
There are lots of new buildings and bridges, even a colourful mural featuring a yellow submarine.
Thomas Heatherwick's Rolling Bridge is opposite St Mary's Hospital in Merchant Square by the Basin. It's not rolling up at the moment but have a look at my post here to see photos of it in action.
The Fan Bridge looks very spectacular when opened like a Japanese fan. Have a look here to see.
Can't stop though, there are places to visit!