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December 25, 2006

London

So, I spent a few days in the city of London, and despite my country bumpkin protestations I actually managed to survive and had a good time as well. The fog didn’t affect Lindsey’s flight or the trip up to the airport much, although finding the long stay car park with the poor directions around the airport roads was a pain… Eventually made it into the hotel though via the Heathrow Express and London Underground. Friday morning I awoke to a familiar rumble outside the hotel, flicked back the curtains and what was outside but a 1990’s Aston Martin V8 Vantage (Twin Supercharged one) aka my favourite ever car! We did the British Museum on Friday, which has some interesting exibits and lovely architecture, and then squeezed in a trip around Westminster which was awesome via Buckingham Palace and Green Park/St James’ park, during which we witnessed an F430 belt it down the long straight along St James’ park, and an Aston Martin Vanquish nail it as it left Parliament Square… We then headed out to the London Eye in the evening, where due to fog we had a great view of the next capsule but not a whole lot else… A meal at Carluccio’s Neal Street restaurant followed, which had some great food. We then met with one of Lindsey’s friends and her boyfriend for drinks, which was nice, and then when we reached chucking out time for a trip around Picadilly Circus trying to find a reasonable 24 hour bar, which was… Well I would have been happier catching a few hours sleep after a very long and sleep deprived week (in which I also caught manflu) but not to worry.

Saturday we met with Chris and had a great day out at the science centre, which is massive and if you spend some time looking at the interesting exhibits you’ll be there for weeks. We then went to see The Phantom Of The Opera in the evening, which was a great show, and at the end they came on dressed with tinsel and whatnot, and the Phantom came out in a big inflatable Santa Suit, and they all sang “We wish you a Merry Christmas”, which was great! On Sunday, we just did some sightseeing around the capital – walked through Kensington Gardens, Trafalgar Square, changing of the guard at Horseguards, the MOD and the Cenotaph, Tower Bridge, London Bridge and the Sherlock Holmes museum on Baker Street (during which we saw a stunning Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder) before heading back home to Somerset.

All in all, an enjoyable experience in which I found that short stays in cities can hold some appeal for me if there is enough interesting stuff there for me to do, and also it has served to reinforce my view that tubes work as a public transport system – the underground service was fast, regular and pretty easy to use. Top marks there. Buses still suck though.


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