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Trip Report. May

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We had not been to London in 17 years but we won’t wait that long before returning.

We arrived at Heathrow, and, as we were rested, took the Pilladilly line. As expected, the stop was thirty seconds away from the Millennium Gloucester. I cannot emphasize how handy it is to stay near a tube stop. We bought the Oyster card at the airport.

That is a four star hotel and the daily breakfast was exactly that, neither three star nor five star.

We walked straight over to the V and A and took a free tour on offer. Then we took a ViaVan ( download that app, ViaVan is new, handy and cheap) over to Borough Market, a lively collection of food stalls. Similarly later in our week we took the tube to Camden Town to see Camden Lock Market. These are better when lively so don’t fear Saturday lunchtime. We also had lunches courtesy of TescO Express. High quality.

We tended to hit museums. Design Museum, Tate Gallery and so on. We arranged for the Churchill War Cabinet Rooms. If you have seen the Cown or the Darkest Hour, you’ll really enjoy. This I recommend, both doing and booking online ahead. The Saatchi and the Serpentine were too into contemporary art for us.

We took four London Walks walking tours. So splendid. One wound up in Spitalfields so we grabbed lunch at the touted Ottolenghi. That can be reserved online ahead at open table, by the way.

I loved looking at Mews, those narrow lines with houses ( formerly stables ) on each side. I also loved the parks. Holland Park for one. It was fun to get out of city center for Kew Gardens. Chelsea Physick Garden was pleasant, too.

We really loved the theatre and wished we had gone more than the three times we did! Easy to get tickets online, too


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