Thursday, June 6, 2013

{European Travels} London Day 2

Welcome back. 

Even though we crashed at 8:00 the evening before, we didn't wake up until 10 the next morning, making that 14 hours of total bedtime. Our time clocks were officially set to London time. 

London's West End, located west of the original walled City of London, was on the day's agenda: theaters, pubs, markets, and the red-light district. Ooh-la-la. 

We took the Underground to Leicester Square, the theater and movie district of London. From here, we walked along quiet, brick-lined streets until we reached Covent Garden.

Covent Garden and Market is a large square full of street performers and boutiques, cafes, and antique shops. The market has been around since medieval times but the now iron/glass structure was built in the 1830s; it remained the city's main produce market until 1973. Everything in London is so old!

We continued throughout the West End, passing Charing Cross and eccentric alleys with colorful store fronts. After a short while, we came upon Soho Square, a beautiful stretch of lawn full of flowers and picnic-ers. I made Josh go stand by the Gardener's Hut.

It is said the Soho is like New York's Greenwich Village. Let's just say, I can only imagine what the scene is like at night time. Nevertheless, I enjoyed walking through this part of town, window shopping and people gazing.

After walking through Soho, it was 3:00 and time to find a place to watch the Chelsea vs Man U match. The football was entertaining, the beer was good, and Chelsea won. Fun was had by all.

 Once the game was over, we headed to Piccadilly Circus for some more window shopping.
We saw Waterstone's, Europe's largest bookstore and Regent Street, London's top dollar shopping which is owned by the Queen. 

By 7:00 we had been walking for several hours and were famished. With the help of London's free wifi and Yelp, we found The Kings Arms and were blown away by the venison/blueberry burger and house beer. After dinner, we decided to take the 30 minute walk back to the apartment, which was a quiet way to digest dinner and end the day.

Don't miss the rest of London's adventures!

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