It’s Friday night and this is our last night (for now) in London. Tomorrow we hire a car and  drive to Oxford. Here is a list of things I have done in London:

  • A walk through Mayfair
  • Fine art auctions at Sotheby’s, Christies King Street and Christies South Kensington
  • Research for my writing
  • Bought a Paddington Bear from Paddington Station
  • Explored Paddington (where we’re staying)
  • Had dinner overlooking Hyde Park
  • A walk down Old Bond Street
  • A walk around Bloomsbury and the University of London
  • A walk to Marble Arch
  • The British Museum – spectacular
  • Bought two wedding rings at Hatton Garden
  • Theatre: Table Manners, The Mousetrap (I was late, so I know whodunnit but not what they did!), A Little Night Music, Twelfth Night
  • A carol service at the Temple Church (of the Knights Templar…) – beautiful
  • Kings College Choir at the Royal Albert Hall – magical
  • The National Gallery
  • The Courtauld Gallery
  • The Tate Modern and the Rothko exhibition
  • Trafalgar Square and the carolers in front of the giant Christmas tree
  • Lunch at St James Restaurant on the fourth floor of Fortnum and Mason in Piccadilly
  • Lunch on the seventh floor of the Tate Modern overlooking St Pauls Cathedral
  • Visited my Great Auntie Elsie (she’s 89 and has recently fought off burglars by hitting them over the head with her handbag)
  • Met my distant cousin Valerie – we’ve been discussing our family’s genealogy over the internet for a while now
  • A walk through Kew and along the Thames
  • Had a pint at the Lillie Langtry
  • Going on a guided walk through the Inns of Court (London’s legal district)
  • St Paul’s Cathedral
  • The London Eye – it’s very high up!
  • Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Cathedral
  • Cologne Christmas Market and German Sausages in Southwark
  • Wrote postcards
  • Took Mark to the doctor with a bout of bronchitis (he’s on the mend now)
  • The Victoria and Albert Museum – I likes all the textiles (that’s a typo but me likes it!)
  • Christmas shopping at Harrods – avoid on the second last Saturday before Christmas!
  • A walk through St James and the Horse Guards Parade
  • Genealogical walks tracing my ancestors: Clerkenwell, St Pancras, Enfield Town, Hackney, Shoreditch, Old Street
  • A (long) walk along the Regent’s Canal
  • Afternoon tea at the Chancery Court Hotel
  • Westminster Register Office to give our notice of Intention to Form a Civil Partnership (January 3 is the big day – I now have to become a Bridezilla!)
  • Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross Station – they even have a luggage trolley cemented halfway into the wall!

There’s also a long list forming of things I didn’t have time to do!

Here’s a few more pics:


A very old cemetery in the centre of London called Bunhill Fields. Ancestors of mine are buried here.


Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe!


The Temple Chrurch.img_3382



I know whodunnit!


Regent’s Canal.


Gentleman’s row in Enfield Town. I’d love to live there! I think it would suit me.


Forty Hall – its a listed Jacobean building in Enfield where my parents come from (they come from Enfield, not Forty Hall!). They had a special display of The Lion the Witch and the Wardobe in all the rooms. Here’s Mrs Beaver! Is she quilting?