I got up my last full day in London and headed over to the East End’s Old Spitalfield Market to check out the food, and catch a street art tour. I’ve lately really loved learning about the different histories tied to street art and graffiti in cities, which are varied and many, and a great way to bring recent history/modern events alive. Plus, I think art on the street engages the residents of a city on a more human-scale level than giant glass skyscrapers.
I didn’t feel a lot of patience for market stall browsing, so I popped in to Rapha Cycle Club in the corner of the market for some darn decent coffee.
Street art tour was over! Thanks to Alternative London for an interesting tour.
We broke rule#1 of shopping: do not shop while hungry. Must’ve stocked up on so many cookies and tea. We even considered buying new luggage to carry it all. There is something about shopping hungry that is a little crazy-inducing, n’est-ce pas?
Sigh. It’s over! That’s it.
Novelty Rating: 5 of 5
Omg, so neat.
Likelihood of Repeat: 35%
I would certainly love to go back. I’d try to catch..
King’s Cross for the cheesy 9 3/4 photo op
Saint Paul’s Cathedral
a Museum of Immigration in East End
some good Indian food
MORE pot pie and more people-watching in the pub scene
Shopping at High Street Kensington, Fortnum & Mason’s, and a good Sunday Market
more pausing inside no-picture sites to doodle a quick drawing
good curry in Banglatown
more street food
The Churchill War Rooms (which we attempted to go to about 3 times but kept missing the last-entry time)
A soccer -er football- match live, and/or in a pub
Maybe: Bermondsey beer mile pub crawl
Lesson learned: don’t go for afternoon tea on a full stomach. Careful drinking that tea late at night! So buzzzzed. It was rainy, but only just like Seattle, so whatever. Tourism in the off season involves a lot fewer lines, and can involve a Christmas Market. Win! Take your tours on the front end, do your shopping the last day. Try to remember to get your tax-free forms with anything more than $50. Also: water is so difficult to get a restaurants! Aaarg, just give up and order a giant bottle of sparkling. Then stop by the grocer on the way home for some celery so you can get some vegetables.
Thoughts? Questions? Post comments below!