Last weekend, Noshi and me went on a citytrip to London, the city I feel way more at home then this buggery hole of Antwerp.
Especcially Camden, but that is for further down this story...
And we had a lot of things to explore and do, so let`s take a view back on it...
Day 1: The Tower and Jack the Ripper
After arriving at St Pancreas with the Eurostar, we took up basecamp at the Arriva hotel near King's Cross. A simple hotel and cheap by London standards, this place was good enough for us to sleep and breakfast before we would be away all days anyways.
And so we went on to the first thing on our well-filled menu: the Tower of London. Now the great thing on going there on a friday afternoon is that there is barely any queing, so we could just walk on to the Crown Jewels and the rest of the exhibits.
Later on that evening, we had a Jack the Ripper walk planned, organised by London walks. Andy was a great guide, providing us with a lot of "setting" information as well to get a better emergence in the whole period. One of the top attractions for both me and Noshi we did this weekend.
Day 2: Into the Dungeon, through London to find a ghostly woman
We started off day 2 by taking the tube to Tower, and from there follow the Queens Walk to the London Dungeon. Along the walk, we stopped at a few things I just wanted to see, being Shakespeare`s Globe Theatre (and thanks to Google Maps, we also went by the location of the original theatre), and the Golden Hinde replica.
The Woman in Black, a very good and greatly performed horror story, that sent shivers down our spines.
Day 3: Tussauds and the War Museum
The third day, and it was time for Madame Tussauds. And we both agreed, this was the worst thing of our city trip. It`s not cheap to get in, and you had to pay two times extra if you wanted to see either the Alien or the Sherlock Holmes rooms, that`s 2x 5 GBP on top of the entry ticket!!!!
It was also incredibly busy (why do they assign timeslots??) and we where actually glad to be out again. Sure the pieces are nicely made, but half of them you couldn`t even reach due to the masses present.
Day 4: Camden Town babay!
Aaaaah, Camden Town. If I would ever set up a shop in London, this would be the place.
Japan Craft, and while it`s mainpage shows the small shop in the Market, it has a second store as well in the Locks, full of pure anime goodness. Though i don`t get it who wrote the google review as they apparently no longer sold GunPla:
We ended the afternoon with a meal in late Mss Winehouse "home pub", the Hawleys Arms.
And then it was that sad moment of having to return back to Antwerp, always the hardest part for me even after all those times I was in London... perhaps best illustrated by these greatly matched restaurants next to each other:
But it was a great citytrip, and we still have a lot on our to-do list when we return, but let`s see what that Brexit will be bringing along first for now...
AHPC9 Day 90 - Wednesday Workbench 20 March
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