England Last Day (First Half)

Before I shut down for the night, I thought I’d post today’s events. Not much to report — we had the usual wake-up, went to breakfast — where the proprietors, Indians (dots not feathers to be un-PC), greeted us warmly and recognized us and chatted up Karen — and then we popped on the Circle/District line to Westminster and changed for the Jubilee and on to Southwark (which Karen keeps pronouncing as South-Wark causing me to laugh). We walked to the Tate Modern which is a great museum. We had a spot of cocoa whilst waiting for it to open. Much of the gallery was closed because they have new exhibits opening on 4 January, so we did the whole thing in 90 minutes which was disappointing.

We walked across the Millennium Bridge to Saint Paul’s Cathedral. We then walked down to Temple tube to get a feel of a different neighbourhood. We got off at South Ken to go to the Science Museum, but it was swamped, so instead we walked down old Brompton Road to Gloucester Road tube and to the hotel.

We got back to the hotel used the business center to check in for our flights. Then we went to the front desk because our room keys stopped working (no idea why).

Next we were planning on Hyde Park and the Princess Diana Memorial, but Karen decided it was too cold. We also didn’t go to Abbey Road for the same reason. So, we ended up going to the Bank of England Museum. We were going to lunch there, but everything was closed. We ended up taking the tube to Notting Hill Gate and finding the Swan Pub. I’d love to tell you how good it was. It wasn’t. Don’t go. Both of our dishes were disappointing though the chips were okay. I suppose some of it had to do with the old guy picking and picking and then finally blowing snot rockets into his hand.

We then came back, stopping at Paul for an Eclair Café to drown out the taste of the pub food. After I type this, I’m going to pack everything except tonight’s clothes and tomorrow morning’s clothes.

Other stuff we didn’t do that we planned on were a walk down Carnaby Street, the Leicester Square shops area, and the Science Museum. We did the Natural History Museum only on a technicality (See previous blog post).

BTW, if you’re looking for the relocated Photographer’s Gallery, it’s just off Oxford Street on Ramilles Street (not Place) just a few metres off Great Marlborough Road.

Tonight, it’s off to the O2. Online with AIM chatting with people at the moment.

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