Thursday, 7 August 2014

London bound

I've just come back from a few days in London with my daughter.
We briefly thought about going on the London Eye, but instead did 'Up at the O2'.  This is a guided walk up to the top of the O2 (formerly known as the Millennium Dome).  You're all harnessed up and attached to a wire on the suspended walkway, which is made out of a kind of rubber, and is quite bouncy, (I had to really resist the urge to make it bounce more than it already was!).  Several times you think you've got to the top, but then it goes further on until you reach the viewing platform.  You can detach yourself from the wire here and walk about to see the views.

This is looking at the O2 from the river (we got a boat back from there to London Bridge).

and zooming in, you can see a group of people just reaching the top.

We also went to Kew gardens 
where there'd been a bit of yarn bombing going on.

We wanted to go to the theatre while we were there and plumped for Wicked one night, and Ghost Stories the next.   Wicked was brilliant, I'd really recommend it.   I loved the costumes, and scenery, and it had some great songs.  The story was the background to the witches in Wizard of Oz and was very entertaining.

Ghost Stories on the other hand......
As someone who jumps at the slightest thing, I was expecting (and hoping) to be scared witless.   It was not to be; in fact I found myself falling asleep!  Don't go!

We went to the usual touristy places and had some great street food in Borough Market

Talking of food, I'm a dinosaur when it comes to technology but my daughter has all these apps on her phone - ones that show you exactly how to get from A to B, from what buses to catch (even showing you where the bus stop is), to tubes and maps showing where you are; ones that show you recommended eating places in the area where you are; and things to to in the same area.   All really useful and saving a lot of time compared to my way of asking directions then forgetting what was said after "turn left".  
 But guess what?   Her phone battery ran out on the first night and we managed to find a restaurant with fantastic food all by ourselves, and without having to worry how many stars it had been given by reviewers!

We finished off by going to the fabric shops in Goldhawk Road, which I'd read about but never been to.  I was amazed at how many there were - in fact my daughter got fed up half way round and went off to sunbathe in the park!


  1. That street food looks delicious and I love the yarn bombing and how pretty Kew looks. Very brave doing that walk! x

  2. Your visit to London sounds exciting and interesting. Thanks for sharing.
    Anne xx

  3. Love your pictures and the boing boing walk up O2. What a brilliant trip.

  4. Sad to hear that Ghost Stories wasn't good :(