London, England Day 2- September 9th 2009

Day 2 went really well if not solely due to the 11 hours of sleep I acquired.

Woke up and then went down to the “continental” breakfast. I say “continental” because it was pretty piss.
Bread rolls and toast with butter and jam. Selection of four cereals… pretty much it. Which is all well and good I guess- just got a little spoiled in Paris with cheese and fresh fruit, etc etc. Did I mention cheese?

Moving along- basically took off early in the morning and headed back down to Covent Garden and then did a tour of churches and architecture around the downtown core ie. where the business folk dwell.
Somerset House, St. Clement Danes, went to Twinnings tea shop but it was under MAJOR reno :(. Went in and out of *so* many churches. I have a bit of a problem with that. I love, love, love old churches and London happens to be filled with them. We saw Dr Samuel Johnson’s House, St. Paul’s Cathedral, St Mary le Bow, the Bank of England, the Royal Stock Exchange, Leadenhall Market, The Monument for the Great Fire, Tower Hill, the Tower of London and the Tower Bridge. Twelve more churches, the Gherkin, Guildhall for the remains of Roman London’s Amphitheater, the Barbican, Holborn St., the Old Bailey Court House, the Museum of London and the Golden Boy of Pye Corner. I’m sure I’m missing some stuff but that’s the gist.

Here’s some photos:

For the first bit I was really excited about the red telephone booths… I did get over it

All streets should look like this really

This is inside St Clement Danes. The floor of the church is inscribed with the badges of over 800 RAF commands, groups, stations, squadrons and other formations

I like organs too…

Gates outside the Royal Courts of Justice

Royal Courts of Justice

Twinnings – :( closed for reno so sad

Samuel Johnson… he lived there

Hodge is Samuel Johnson’s cat

Really fantastic bar apparently and it’s “historic” -was around prior to the Great Fire of 1666 and rebuilt here soon after. Probably should have stopped for a pint… next time, next time.

This is at St. Bride’s it’s is known as “the journalist” church. There are many memorials throughout for people who have died in that line of work. Had a bit of moment here must say.

St. Paul’s Cathedral

Leadenhall Market- they may have used portions of this for our friend Diagon Alley *glee*

Leadenhall Market X 2

The Monument for the Great Fire

The Tower Bridge from afar

Tower of London

I know, I know… I shouldn’t have. But I love my chai tea lattes, and somehow they tasted better in London.

Gherkin!

Apparently the nickname for this guy is “the cheese grater”

I’m a sucker for stuff like this. Neat!

The Barbican

Barbican again, around here you can see remains of structures that were bombed throughout WWII

2 things here a) Cock Lane (yes I’m 12) b) The Golden Boy of Pye Corner.

Smithfield Market aka where William Wallace was executed.

Bung Hole. For reals. Need I say more?

Around 6:30pm I had made plans with the extremely talented Tom Humberstone to meet at the Angel Pub for drinks and he had picked up some tickets to see comedy at the historic 100 club for that night.

The pub

Tom’s friend (and now my saucy friend too) Julia met us for a drink and later on another friend named Sophie joined us for comedy after Julia parted with us.

Inside the 100 Club

The night of comedy was really fantastic, so you can have a taste too I’m just going to post a single photo from each comedian and then a YouTube clip of something they’ve done.

Our host was Dan Clark:

First up was Angelos Epithemiou:

Then Richard Herring:

Next Freeze! (Tim Key and Tom Basden):

I couldn’t get a clip of Freeze! themselves but here’s Tom Basden

The main act was Mark Watson:

Mark was my favorite, he’s amazing!

Annnd I’ll give you a hint to how the evening ended:

K

Stay tuned for Day 3!

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4 Responses to “London, England Day 2- September 9th 2009”

  1. adc Says:

    cock lane. peh! you’re so junvenile. ;p

    I love that curry sauce, and I love Twinnings Earl Grey!! Though, I must say, seeing all those churches makes me well up in a jealous rage of hate!!!

  2. Kayla Hillier Says:

    Jealous rage of hate? why so, why so!?

  3. Tova Says:

    I haven’t been to pretty much 3/4 of the places you went. Really impressed that you saw so much in such little time. I promise, promise to see you next time you’re here, which I do hope is soon!

    p.s. I am in love with Mark Watson. He does adverts here for a cider brand and I can’t explain my infatuation. Glad you like him too.

  4. Kayla Hillier Says:

    Oh god Mark Watson is the bee’s knees. (He’s actually really hot haha.. tall, lanky large nose… up my alley)

    I quite literally went alll over. I’m going to keep you posted with plans- I’ll have to send you a message about my potential upcoming shenanigans.

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