Instead of taking the usual tourist photo op right in front of the Buckingham Palace, we got contented hiding under the shade of trees in The Green Park, one of the designated royal parks in London. At least from where we sat, the palace was still visible. I can only imagine the Queen (who was in residence at the time) looking out of her window to see throngs of sweaty tourists still milling around outside her huge gates.
It's another hot afternoon in London and those with fairer complexion than us were, as usual, in full force trying to get a tan from an intense summer sun. Might as well take advantage of it rather than going to a tanning salon and paying for the benefits, right?
Even a brass band in the park deserves some shade as they provide music to those around them who were almost "naked". For a change, iPods were parked and ears pointed in this direction.
At the Horse Guards building, not even the heat will stop a member of the Household Cavalry from going anywhere to cool off. That is, until after two hours when another horse-mounted trooper relieves him. This has been a tradition for years since the time of Queen Victoria.
British weather is oftentimes associated with cold, gray skies but this day has been particularly different in a good way. People's moods were upbeat, sunny as this rare weather. I could only wish to stay longer as there are many sights I'd like to see again in London but then I have actually some other places to go to. Just as warm, I suppose.