We had to go up to the various floors via escalator, and it is quite a good way up to the top of the galleries. You could see down into the Turbine Hall, but, the truth be told, I didn't really like it because it was so high up. I do prefer to keep my feet firmly on the ground.
We spent quite a long time walking through the galleries and looking at the artwork. We spent some time on a digital display doing a quiz on various art movements and individual artists, and we got a fairly good score. We began to come down on the escalators and went in one of the shops which had a really good selection of things to buy and then we left Tate Modern and decided to then go to Covent Garden.
We got on the Underground at the nearest station which was over on the opposite side of the Thames and we had to cross over on Southwark Bridge and caught a train at Mansion House as far as Leicester Square and then walked the rest of the way to Covent Garden.
It was really crowded in the Piazza, where the old flower, fruit and vegetable markets were. I have never seen it so busy. As we walked through the Piazza we saw quite a few street performers and large crowds gathering to watch, one was a tightrope walker who had taken a young boy out of the audience and was attempting to get him to throw a hat at him as he stood on the wire which was set up in the portico of St Paul's church (incidentally, not the Wren St Paul's. If you know either "My Fair Lady" or the George Bernard Shaw play "Pygmalion", on which it is based, you will no doubt know that this was the setting for the opening scene of that play when Professor Higgins first meets Eliza Doolittle.)
We wandered about the market, looking at the stalls. There was a lot of really good quality things for sale, such as pottery, some nice candles set in really nice wooden containers and things like scarves, a great place to come to for some extra-special Christmas presents.
We had tea in a central restaurant area, and it was nice by this time to just sit down as we'd spent a lot of time walking. We went into a branch of Accessorize, as Carol wanted to have a browse. As we walked in, a member of staff barged into the shop and ran into Carol. It was really a shock to think that a member of staff could be so rude. She had no apology. We could easily have been secret shoppers or even management of the company for all she knew. We left the shop and then went into Pollock's Toyshop. I've been there before, but I'm not sure whether they have another branch in London, because I was certain that it was on far more floors. I love model theatres and puppets and it was great to look at what they had for sale, although we didn't buy anything.
As it was by now getting late we decided to start to make our way back to Euston Station to catch our train home.
The platform at Leicester Square was really busy and we eventually got on board an Underground train and soon got to Euston. We couldn't leave immediately and the only train we could get home was one that terminated one station before Milton Keynes, at Bletchley, but we decided to take it and to get a taxi home from there, rather than waiting for a train on to Milton Keynes. As we didn't have the car waiting at Milton Keynes there was no urgency to get back to the car.
By the time we got home we were really tired, but our day out in London had been well worth it.