Friday arrived and with the main event out of the way, we were free to do as we pleased.
After filling up on breakfast, we made our way to the DLR and into Central London.
The plan for today was a day and night trip up the Shard but the weather was not on our side.
We had a time slot of 11am for the day view, so we headed over to get our bearings and then popped into Leon’s for a coffee and a warm up!!
-2 degrees and bitterly cold but we still braved the first trip up to the viewing platform on level 72.
Unfortunately the view was not great because of the weather.
Ian was very uncomfortable and wouldn’t go too close to the glass but he enjoyed it.
Then we decided to have a mooch through Borough Market.
Lots of Salami, cheese, breads and world foods and drinks.
By now the snow really decided to start coming down.
Then we ended up in Covent Garden for Dinner at The Coal Hole.
Temperature still -2.
Even with gloves on, I felt like my fingers were going to drop off.
After warming up nicely, we braved the arctic weather and headed over to Leicester Square to visit the Lego store.
I wanted to cry!!
So many great Star Wars sets and no money!!
Then we braved the snow again and headed towards Picadilly to visit the Picturehouse Central.
I love this cinema but we were destined not to get to see anything on this trip.
The film I wanted to see clashed with our plans so we made a visit to the cinema’s bar to warm up before our trip back over to the Shard.
As we made our way back to the Shard for our night time viewing, we soon realised that it was going to be a waste of time. As we aproached the building we couldn’t even see the top due to the clouds so seeing anything was going to be impossible.
We managed to get extensions on our tickets and we will be going back when the weather is better.
By now, Ian was beginning to pay for all the walking we had done and my knee was beginning to complain so we headed back to the hotel and stopped off at the Asda store over the road to stock up on some nibbles before having an early night.
We had a bit of a lay in on Saturday before fuelling with breakfast again.
Then we headed into Central London and again headed for Picadilly Circus for a leisurely stroll down Regent’s Street for a visit to Hamley’s.
Tip for anyone buying Lego…. don’t do it at Hamley’s
The packs that were being sold for £130 at the Lego Store were being sold for £165 at Hamley’s!!
I dread to think what they were charging for the Millenium Falcon.
As you enter Hamley’s, you are faced with a Stormtrooper inviting you to go down the stairs the the Star Wars floor!! A WHOLE FRICKIN FLOOR!!
Anyway, after dragging ourselves up out of the Star Wars floor, I discovered Build a Bear!! and just had to get me a Peter Rabbit.
The only problem is that I ended up spending the rest of the day with a rabbit hanging off my back getting some very strange looks.
We continued wondering and went to check out Forbidden Planet. A Sci-fi shop we hadn’t been to in years.
They had loads of ‘Art Of’ and ‘Visual History’ books that I would kill for.
We seriously need to win the lottery.
Then we discovered Murron’s heaven. Denmark Street and surrounding area. Music shop after music shop with Guitars and Ukele’s galore!!
One of our plans for the weekend was to meet up with one of Ian’s cousins, Debi and her partner Greg, who he hasn’t seen in 35 years. She’s recently moved back from South Africa.
It was just after 3 and we weren’t due to meet until around 5 – 5:30 but we were both feeling the cold and the damp and Ian’s Arthritis was now becoming an issue, so we headed over to the agreed meeting spot, The Horniman Pub at the Hays Galleria opposite HMS Belfast.
The place was really busy but we managed to snap up a table big enough for 6 people!!
The difficulty was holding onto it until Debi arrived. We were asked several times how many of us there were but we managed to hang onto it and we had a lovely evening catching up and stayed there until just after 10pm!
Then it was back to the hotel for our last evening in London.
We were tired, we were sore, we had walked nearly 30 kilometers!!
Sunday morning arrived and what a difference there was in the weather.
The surrounding roads and paths that had been covered with snow for the last three days were absolutely clear!!
It had rained a little overnight and you would never have known we’d been in a blizzard for three days.
We literally couldn’t face another trip into London, so we had breakfast, packed up and headed home for a lazy day.
The temperature was nearly 15 degrees warmer on the trip home!!
It was all over too soon.
We have a quick trip into London in April to see the CC Smugglers launch their new album and that will officially be the end of trips for the next year.
Consolidation has now ended. Uni Starts again next Monday and placements continue on Tuesdays.
It’s going to be a tough year to get through.