Back from the big smoke for our anniversary break in London. Originally, this was supposed to a cheap break and turned out to be anything but. Life in the big city I suppose.

Our last trip to London was an unashamedly touristy visit taking in the sights and views, this time its a more sedate ramble through the concrete jungle, letting a first class train take the strain, in reality a leather seat, a free cup of tea and a bag of nuts for the 2 hour trip.

The hotel is in the original London, City of London, with history and blood on our doorstep, quite literally, this is London after all. Our our room has a view of The Shard and hulking big warship, HMS Belfast, moored up outside, presumably for our protection, this is London after all.

Stopping on the business side of town, we didn’t see one one of those bankers in a £19 suit from Asda, then again I suppose they didn’t have time to shop as they were too busily involved in some heavy lunch time drinking before they get back to some random mouse clicking on their computers i.e. investing away our pensions.

Eventually arriving for our anniversary meal at the Coppa Club, we are surrounded by 1 million kids in the Coppa Club igloos trying to get the perfect unoriginal Instagram shot while we concentrate on our food and drinks. Probably a first and last time I have a beetroot burger.

Scooting around London for the rest of the day, we pay a special visit to Boris at Downing Street to tell him what we think, its in the video, before visiting a few more liquid establishments. Taking a final drink at the pub around the corner from the hotel called ‘The Hung, Drawn and Quartered.’ The pub displays a plaque on the wall with a quote from Samuel Pepys from 13th October 1660 stating:

“I went to see Major General Harrison hung, drawn and quartered. He was looking as cheerful as any man could in that condition”

Considering the price of a drink we just paid in that pub, I’d say we had the same look. We could have purchased a house in Nottingham for that round.

The Sky Garden is only a short walk away, having managed to get tickets for a morning viewing. The views are magnificent, a full 360 degrees across London on a warm and sunny day. We also visited the Tate Modern viewing platform for more superb views while residents of the luxury tower blocks close by moan at the thought of visitors peering into their homes.

A few more planned trips over the next few days knock off a few more locations on our London bucket list; The Wallace Collection to see the armour and The Laughing Cavalier, the cars of James Bond at Bond in Motion at the London Film Museum, followed by a jaunt to the Design Museum to see the Stanley Kubrick exhibition. With a quite a few relatively recent rips to London, we’ll probably give it a couple of years before we come back and hear that London calling.

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Nick Cook. Amateur astronomer, space, history, nerd, extreme dog walker, cat slave, severe tinnitus sufferer. 13.7 billion years in the making - not that much better for it.

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