Whirlwind two days in London with my friend Bronnie from home.
I drove down on Monday: 3 hours from Liverpool to London, then another hour to drive the 10 miles through London to the hotel, right near the BBC. Madness. I'd booked a room in the same hotel Bronnie was in so we didn't have to waste any time meeting up. Fun couple of days.
Basically we hopped on and off the double-decker tour bus and wandered around being tourists. Bronnie got so excited when we saw Big Ben I thought she was going to fall out of the bus! Big Ben is the name of the 13 ton bell by the way, not the tower itself; that's St Stephen's something or other.
We wandered through Covent Garden, Soho (some nice guitar shops there!!), Knightsbridge, Chinatown, the West End, Piccadilly Circus (which is basically a roundabout), up and down Regent St, Oxford St, Carnaby St, etc.
Parliament and Big Ben, Westminster (though not inside), Trafalgar Square, Hyde Park Corner, Harrods and Harvey Nichols, a Thames cruise up to Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.
We had to do the Ab Fab thing and have a champagne in Harvey Nics. The doorman (yes, they have doormen) held the door open for us and I said "Hi, I'm Patsy and this is my friend Eddie." He had no clue what I was on about. None at all. How sad. Anyway... 30 pounds for the 2 glasses of house champers. We didn't stay for a second glass. It was cool to sit there in the rooftop cafe, sip champers and chat away.
London is better than I was expecting. It's noisy and crowded but not in an unpleasant kind of way. I'll definitely go back, stay a bit longer and investigate some of the treasures more thoroughly.
Yesterday morning I dragged Bronnie over to the Kensington/Holland Park area.... Melbury Road in particular. Number 29. Jimmy Page's house. I took my stalker photos :) Nice house!! I laughed at the brick holding the gate open. Sadly there was no sign of Jimmy.
Then I dropped Bronnie off at Buckingham Palace and headed out of town via the Albert memorial in Kensington Gardens; directly opposite the Royal Albert Hall. I've got lots of London pics but have yet to upload them. Coming soon to a Flickr near you.
Currently in Bournemouth on my way to Cornwall for a few days. Hoping desperately that the weather improves again.
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