Apparantly the president of Ghana is in town, which might explain:
the Ghanian flags lining the Mall
- the incredible amount
of police on foot patrol this morning
- the temporary barriers lining about half of my route!
- the marquee and bleachers on Horse Guards
- the tourists congregating around the front of Buckingham Palace this evening
- the flames burning on the Memorial Gates on Constitution Hill (I’ve only ever seen the flame lit on November 11)
And to think I would have missed all this if I’d caught the tube. Amazing what you discover about the mechanisations of this city when you ride a bike!