Category Archives: London

UK, London – off the standard tourist track

Given this is my home town I tend to blog less when I’m over here and only cover things I’ve not seen before – so here’s a pot pourri or some more off the beaten track places I’ve been to in the last ten days.

Firstly some black and white pics of the City of London and even on a gray day the architecture and splendour shine through.

St Paul’s from the Southbank

Golden Hinde, Southwark Cathedral and the Globe Theatre

The Wobbly (Millenium Bridge) and Remains of Winchester Palace

The Walkie Talkie building and the Monument

St Paul’s

Then off to Brixton for an excellent David Bowie Musical walking tour. You walk around spots where he was brought up and Nick plays Bowie songs in full along the way as you stop by iconic places such as the Ritzy Cinema and the Brixton Academy.

David Bowie musical walking tour in Brixton

As a big Ottolenghi fan I was excited to visit his newest restaurant Rovi with my friend Lorna to celebrate her birthday – as ever the man is a genius! Select a number of the small dishes to share – that way you get to taste more of his inventiveness. Lobster roll and ribs were my favourites.

Rovi in Fitzrovia

A trip to the Tate Modern is always worth it as the building is a design marvel. I visited the Olafur Elliasson exhibit – it was futuristic and cool. Finishing soon I think.

Tate Modern

And then I finally got to see Hamilton – it was worth waiting four years for – if you can get a ticket GO.

Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre

And a highlight was visiting Chihuly Nights at Kew Gardens with my friend Peter I am a massive fan of this glass artist and the installations all through the park are wonderful. Not sure my photos do it justice but did my best. Am going back to see it during the day too. A must see.

The magic of Chihuly glass sculptures at Kew

More awesome glass by Chihuly

UK, London, Frome and Romsey

Back in the UK and Autumn is in full swing. Had a few theatre visits but mostly catching up with friends. Lovely evening in London near Tower Bridge to watch (a very bad unfortunately) play at The Bridge Theatre (a very nice new theatre). Also a trip to the Churchill War Rooms was fascinating and really well done – gets my strong recommendation for visitors to London. The telephone box sculpture is in Kingston where I am stating on this visit with my friend Lorna.The braved the rail strikes to visit my friends Sue, Gary and Rebecca. Frome is a charming small town which has become very hip in recent times. Lots of quaint buildings in the old town

And then on to Southampton and Romsey to see Natasha. The Autumn weather was perfect for a nice long walk in Romsey and the Harold Hillier Garden. The English countryside at this time of year is hard to beat.

Enjoying drinks in various pubs with my friends!

UK,London

Always something to see here as you just mooch around town.

This is what a £99 ice cream looks like. Salted caramel, edible diamonds(!) & the man at #selfridges let me taste it – gold leaf and all.

Not a Harry Potter convention just a bunch of people strolling

down the Embankment in their legal ceremonial robes – as you do.

And this is the lift in my hotel. Pretty fab eh.