“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life”
I agree with Mr Johnson wholeheartedly! After saying a tearful farewell to Clare and Claire, it was time for me to head back to London.
I was meeting up with some high school friends, one of whom, Bec, was a Brit originally and had headed to Europe for uni and the other, Lucy, who had been on exchange in Sweden for a semester. Needless to say, I was ridiculously excited to see them both! I arrived in London in smack bang in the middle of them both, and was surprised (and incredibly excited) to find that Bec had found a friend from home!
Nick is the younger brother of one of my oldest friends and I had no idea we’d be in London at the same time.
The three of us wandered the streets of Camden and Kings Cross for awhile, before Nick had to go check-in to his hostel and Bec and I went to wait for Lucy. We were staying in St Christopher’s Inn in Camden, and I could not recommend it more! It has a heap of personality and the staff are really friendly. It’s not huge but it’s big enough to have great facilities and the rooms are a great size. It’s also in Camden, which is almost enough of an endorsement, as far as I’m concerned.
The next day we got up early and gorged ourselves on the free brekky. Oh yeah, did I mention St Christopher’s has included breakfast? It’s your standard continental feed, but in a city as expensive as London it went down a treat with us!
We decided to start our time in London by being a little cultural. The British Library had an exhibition called Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK.
Aside from being completely badass, the exhibition traced the origins of comics as well as the the concepts of good vs. evil all the way back to the morality plays and deals with ideas of politics, sexuality, gender, violence and altered states. No photos were allowed but here’s a little intro for you:
Having spent waaay too much time reading about Batman: Arkham Asylum and the origins of V for Vendetta, we emerged blinking and shivering into the sunlight of London. And what do you do when you’re cold and hungry in the middle of London? Head to Oxford Circus, of course!
We quickly refueled with a coffee break, before hitting the bustling streets and marveling at the differences between Sydney and London.
You could dart down these tiny, little, narrow lanes, which steadily got wider until you emerged into a courtyard, feeling silly for having missed it originally.
Some of the lanes were shop lined, but I’m pretty sure this one is someone’s house. Imagine living right in the middle of Oxford Circus! I think I’d die of happiness.
Victoria’s Secret recently opened in Sydney, but it’s the Beauty and Accessories department only, which meant we spent a great deal of time gasping at the Angel’s outfits, proudly displayed in the Oxford Circus store’s windows (apologies for the shocking photos, but you get the idea, VS= AMAZING!)
Being inside felt like all your Christmases had come at once! Three floors of some of the most beautiful garments you have ever seen!
But we began to get hungry, and no one makes good decisions when they’re hungry. We wandered out of VS and started making our way down to Hyde Park. One of the great things about London is that if you’ve got the time and the inclination, you can walk just about anywhere! On the way we played one of my favourite games. It’s called “I’d like to live there” and it’s remarkably simple.
Can you guess the rules?
There are none! You pick a house and say “I’d like to live there!” though sometimes we made exceptions, like when Bec spotted the first of many, many Bentleys.
Before long, we were all in stitches as our suggestions got more and more ridiculous! I suggest you go and play around yourself, while waiting for tomorrow’s blogpost on how we spent our afternoon!