We met this peafowl when we were on our morning run
Walking a lot, running a lot and taking an underground train that isn't in the Underground
Every now and then we make short trips, only Friday to Sunday, to some place we have visited before. In these places we have often already seen many of the major sites and therefore we don't need to visit the must-sees. On these trips we don't make many plans before we head off. We try to find one of two things we want to see, just to have the beginning of a plan, and after that we just see what happens.
This time we went to London and our friend Hakan joined us. The plans we had before we left Sweden included only two things. As it turned out, we missed one of them and we almost missed the other too.
Let us begin with the one we didn't see - Jeremy Bentham auto-icon
. When philosopher Jeremy Bentham died he asked that his skeleton should be preserved and displayed at the University College of London. We went there to see it but we found out that it is only on display on weekdays. We went there on a
Not much is more British than the red phone booths
Saturday and then everything was locked up in a cabinet. We could see the cabinet, but that didn't help much.
The one we almost missed - the Mail Rail
. From 1927 to 2003 Royal Mail had its own underground railway line through central London. Two years ago they reopened this railway, now as a museum. We went to the postal museum, where the tour of the railway starts, to buy tickets. It turned out that they were sold out for the entire day. Luckily they had tickets for the following day. Emma decided she didn't want to take the tour. But Hakan and I reserved one ticket each on their website and went back the day after. The tour was interesting but it is not a photogenic place. We have added one picture just as an illustration.
We did see more things than just the Mail Rail. All three of us like to run. Both Saturday and Sunday we took a morning jog.
=> On Saturday we ran through Hyde Park. We then saw the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain, Princess Diana Memorial Playground and the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk. We are not
St Paul's Cathedral
We didn't go in. They have an entrance fee and for us to pay that we want to be better prepared and more in the mood than we were.
joking. All three exist in Hyde Park. We also ran past Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace so we did see a few things that weren't directly Diana-related.
=> On Sunday we ran through Notting Hill - a very picturesque part of London. We then saw some street art, a pub owned by the former Rolling Stones member Bill Wyman and more. We also ran through Holland Park this day and found that it is one of the best parks in London. A true gem, hidden in plain sight.
As you see, running is an excellent way to discover a city. We can strongly recommend it. There is no need to run fast either. We bring our cameras when we jog on our travels and we make sure to stop and take pictures when we feel like it.
We also walked a lot, which is another great way to combine transport and to discover a city. But in London walking from place to place sometimes can take a long time because on each building where a notable person has lived there is a plaque mentioning that person and what he or she is famous
Fish and chips
We just love fish and chips. The British coisine is much less famous than the French or Italian counterparts. But this dish they know how to make.
for. It is hard not to stop and read on those plaques and that slows down a walk considerably.
The last thing we did in London before we went home was to visit the pub the Cockpit
. Supposedly it is one of the oldest pubs in London. Its name comes from the fact that they used to hold cockfights in the pub. Fortunately they have stopped at least that kind of cruelty to animals in England so today it is just another pub.
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