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The perfect London day during the Paralympics

I mentioned what a fabulous day we had yesterday – totally off the cuff – and it was so random/unexpected that I was only carrying the point-and-shoot digi camera.

Still, I captured a few shots to show you exactly why it’s worth getting yo’ asses into town (if you can) to experience the many delights of this very special London summer, before it’s all over…

We met at Embankment and jumped onboard a boat towards Greenwich
We had no plans to get into the Paralympic spirit (our big day at The Games is all planned for Wednesday) but Greenwich is steeped in a sporting atmosphere, thanks to the dressage. And, after wandering speculatively to the box office…
…we found ourselves right here! Who knew? And for just £10 each (£5 for kids). Box office tickets might be London’s best kept secret (trust me to blow it)
The crowd watches Paralympic dressage in silence, so the horses don’t get spooked and to aid the athletes’ concentration. When the riders complete the schedule, crowds wave rather than cheering, and coupled with the music playing (think Air’s All I Need) the whole thing is really rather relaxing
It’s not all chilling out: Here comes the Mexican wave
Honestly? I fell in love with Lee Pearson when he was on Come Dine With Me, and although he was hotly tipped to win his 10th gold, seeing him snatch a silver was an absolute thrill – fingers crossed that no10 (and 11!) will come before The Games close
Lee could equal our most successful ever Paralympic athletes before the week is out
Back in town and we hit the “bubbly” South Bank – it is buzzing at the moment with a combo of Paralympic fever and the build-up to the Thames festival next Saturday and Sunday (8th and 9th September)
Everywhere you look there are special things: These guys are climbing up Queen Elizabeth Hall
El enjoys the funky installations in and around Royal Festival Hall, currenty celebrating the “Festival of the World”
To the rear of Festival Hall you can experience the Real Food Market – worth it for the sights and smells alone (am dying to get back down there with my proper camera)
The pop-up Yalla Yalla was adventurous enough for “us” (read: Eliott)
Lebanese street food hit the spot after a busy day in the Capital
Some of the best falafel I’ve had outside the Middle East
We finished the day with a little peek at the “Museum of the World” on Level 1 of Royal Festival Hall
El soaks up some art and culture (after watching his favourite athlete, Oscar Pistorius, breaking a world record on the big screen in the foyer): His bright green track pants are new from H&M and I love the way he’s put them together with an Artoo tee and Gap baseball jacket
Written by Johanna Payton