I actually took many pictures on this trip, because I was so mad at myself for not taking enough the previous time I went there. But there’s quite a fair bit to sieve through, including some remarkably unglamorous ones with my face in them that do not need to exist on the public domain of the Internet. Instead, I made it a point to try and take as many photos of the various Tube stations we visited, and while I am sure I didn’t get all, here are the ones I managed to capture:
“Please look after this bear, thank you” aka the first stop we were at after arriving in London
Probably a transit station between Paddington & King’s Cross, where we were staying
LOL shittiest attempt at a photo – this was on our first night in London. I vaguely remember we decided on Covent Garden because of a rooftop bar there but there was a line of very well dressed people at the entrance (and a bouncer, complete with a cover charge) so we noped our way out of there and just walked around the area for a bit (discovered a few theatres – Mathilda, Mamma Mia, Lion King!!! inter alia) and settled on a nice cocktail bar (1 for 1 cocktails, £9? Yes please).
Aforementioned cocktail bar
Day 2 in London!
This was the result of a directional mistake. We made a wrong turn while trying to get ourselves to King’s Cross, and wound up walking to Russell Square which was the next station along the line. Oh well, we managed to get there.
Our day 2 itinerary was quite half-baked even as we stepped out of our airbnb. From Russell Square we took the tube down to Leceister Square (ah, here’s one station I didn’t get a photo of) to get tickets for The Book of Mormon. After that we walked down to Trafalgar Square, then to Westminster and the Big Ben.
Westminster Abbey (which we didn’t go in because entry fee)
En route to our roast duck lunch! Westminster > Bond Street (to change lines) > Queensway
We were originally going for Goldmine, but 1) New Fortune Cookie was literally right next to the Tube exit, 2) we were kinda hungry, 3) it was raining, so…
“Man I could go for some zi char”
Probably transited in Waterloo on our way back from Westminster to King’s Cross. We spent the afternoon at Buckingham Palace (or rather, the entrance of it, with someone constantly calling out “Kate~ Kaaate~” like he was her long lost betrothed), then some park near Buckingham to see ducks and pigeons and swans and pelicans
Honestly, there is nothing to do in London past 5pm except to eat, drink and be merry. We were recommended to go to Angel, which was just one station down from King’s Cross, where apparently there were a lot of cool bars. So we were obviously expecting Clarke Quay levels of vibes but we forgot this was a Monday night, and the streets were kind of very dead. We did wind up in a cool bar with similar 1 for 1 cocktails which were really yummy so okay lar I forgive you London
Aforementioned bar which had naked ladies on the ceiling so you know the place is legit
This is the only one I caught on Day 3, which is probably expected because we did a hell lot of walking, in an attempt to save money (Tube isn’t cheap…) and maybe to soak in as much of London as possible. So we walked from our airbnb to the British Museum, then down to Piccadilly Circus/Soho where I met up with QJ, then walked from Soho to Oxford Street to go check out Primark before we took the Tube from there back to Piccadilly Circus to catch The Book of Mormon!!!
British Museum: Outside
British Museum: Inside
Thank Eebowai we watched this! Andrew Rannells will forever have my heart as Elder Price because I’ve pretty much memorised the OBC recording but this was such a good cast and show nonetheless :’)
Day 4. I know… this picture doesn’t count. We only had the morning before we had to head to Heathrow around 3pm so we went down to Borough Market and the London Bridge, but I forgot to capture the station (London Bridge). This was on our train ride to Heathrow, which took about an hour. The tube wasn’t too crowded so it was a relatively comfy ride, and it got scenic once we left zones 1 and 2 (possibly even 3) where the Tube was no longer underground.
I’ve gone on much longer than expected about the London Tube, but this was a nice way to remember the trip. One of the first few things R said to me on our first few tube rides was that we might bump into Brit actors because they are quite commonly spotted on the Tube, but we weren’t that lucky. I’d give up my firstborn to meet Eddie Redmayne…… (I watched Fantastic Beasts on the flight back and I now have a lot of feelings about Newt Scamander okay)