The trip started on Friday morning, catching a bus into the City. I made my way to the hotel in Covent Garden and off-loaded my luggage. After a shot nap, I ventured into Covent Garden to enjoy an authentic English Pub meal in Porters. I had a yummy Framhouse Pate for my starter, a gorgeous Stake & Ale Pie for my main dish and an ultra delectable Creme Brulee for my desert. The meal was washed down by a bottle of the smoothest cabernet sauvignon.
Afterwards I desperately needed to walk off the meal. Although it was delicious, I ate far far far too much...lol!
And what better place to walk, than Covent Garden. For those of you that are not familiar with Covent Garden, it is famous for its shops, street performers, bars, restaurants, theatres and the Royal Opera House. Surrounded by Theatreland, in the heart of London's West End, the area is recognised as the capital's premier entertainment and leisure destination. Covent Garden is the only area of London licensed for street entertainment and as such attracts performers from around the world.
The christmas decorations were a little unusual this year. Traditionally there is a big christmas tree situated in the middle of Covent Garden. However, this year they decided to turn the place into a Ice Palace.
The market was warm and inviting. All kinds of sellers selling their varieties of wares from food to jewellery to body lotions...
And for those who found that wandering around the marketbuilt up an appetite, there were plenty of places to rest your feet and have a bite to eat or a warm drink...
It was soon time to head down The Strand. After a short walk, I found myself at the Vaudeville Theatre
The show I had booked to see was "Swimming with Sharks", staring Christian Slater and Helen Baxendale.
I was one of the first to arrive and quickly made my way to my seat, so that I could take a sneaky photograph of the set before anybody noticed.
I couldn't take any photos during the play, but found some library photos on the web...
The play was very enjoyable, positively "On the edge of the seat" stuff. A thriller that had plenty of twists and turns delivered though some amazing acting. What a fantastic first day of my trip to London!!!!!
Before retiring to by hotel room, I decided to go for a wander towards Trafalgar Square. This location is great to see during the day but even better at night time.
The temperature was about -1 degrees. However, I am one of those people who doesn't really feel the cold - so stood out from the crowd as I was walking around in a jumper and shirt, whilst everybody else had big themal coats on, along with scarfs and gloves....lol!
After this, I wandered down to the Thames and along to Westminster to enjoy the view of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.
All that was left was to take a slow walk down the side of the River Thames to enjoy the night time view and admire the London Eye from the other side of the river.
It was now way past midnight. The temperature was dropping fast - time for me to return to the hotel and jump into bed. No sooner had my head hit the pillow, I was sound asleep.
Saturday morning started off with a full English Breakfast in one of the Bistros in Covent Garden. Although it was nice, I am not sure it was worth the £12 ($24 US Dollars) that I paid for it. It consisted of an egg, a sausage, a slice of bacon, half a tomatoe, some mushrooms and beans and a slice of toast. This was accompanied by a cup of Earl Grey Tea.
After this, I made my way to the underground station. One of my favourite activities in London is riding on the underground. The enjoyment starts as soon as you make your way into the station and jump on the escelators to transcend into the depths of Londons subways.
There is a magical feel as the wind blows through the tunnel, as you stand on the platform waiting for the next underground train to arrive.
I made my way onto the train and headed towards Tower Bridge and into Borough Market.
To be continued..........