While I rarely spend even a full week in London at one time, the days I am there are usually spent wisely. In between riding the tube to class and writing papers at the University library, I squeeze in London time and soak it all up as much as possible. I spent 5 weekends straight away from London, but found plenty of time to explore in between.
For one, after returning from Adventure Weekend my flatmates and I celebrated an elaborate American holiday… that known as Halloween. Not to be diluted by Britain’s lack of holidays, we dressed our best and had an in-house party, “trick-or-treating” between each of the 20+ rooms. Each person’s room had a different theme and shot… ours for example were complete with a whip cream splash in your face! We had Barbie and Ken, a nerd and gym teacher, the Village People, three blind mice, a banana, a cow, hippie, USA and UK, and a cross-dresser to top it off. Also in lieu of the 2008 Presidential election, we had our very own Barack Obama, John McCain, and Sarah Palin. Our crazy shot party was complete with snacks and decorations.. and a late drunken night. We showed London!
Another notable London event was the Globe Theatre tour I took where we were shown the intricate replica of Shakespeare’s playhouse itself lining the River Thames. It was educational but failed to leave a big impression. I also enjoyed a top-line play called ‘6 Characters in Search of an Author’. It was a dark, bizarre, creepy but cool rendition of a unique script and great acting. We got to meet the actors afterwards and discuss their methods. I also discovered a new bar ‘Roadhouse’ which reminds me of a biker bar in the Midwest, but has a fun crowd and good music.
Millenium Bridge looking at the Tate
Another day in London I took the tube down to Piccadilly Circus to munch on a Cinnabon and people-watch, then stare at Big Ben for a while, and go on a solo trip down to Millenium Bridge and the Tate Modern Museum. I spent hours roaming the massive museum exposing myself to some strange art, some beautiful art, and some dumb art to be frank.
Another cloudy weekday I decided to somewhat spontaneously leave my cozy room and tube it to Buckingham Palace. I sipped Starbucks coffee with the Queen (not), and spent some quality journaling time on a park bench in Hyde Park.
Finally, a bar/restaurant we have discovered in Notting Hill, Tex Mex, is definitely worth mentioning. The Mexican food is delicious, we have become regulars and be-friended the bartender Sam and watress Maria, and they give us free drinks every time we show our obnoxious American selves! The best part of Tex Mex is the insane list of fancy three-layered shots that goes on to over 200 types! They are delicious and strong - a great mix when needed after a jam-packed day fighting the city...