We like London. We do not "heart" (I've never been able to work out how to do the heart thing) London, because we are British and keep our emotions tightly under control, thank you very much. Regardless, we are rather fond of the big city and appear to have taken enough photos of it to string a weekend away into two posts. Hence why this is Part One.
As I mentioned quite a few times last week (sorry, I was excited...) I spent the bank holiday weekend up in London visiting my gorgeous friend C. I've been friends with C for nearly seven years now (which just scared the hell out of me)- we met when she transferred to my school for Sixth Form- and had one of those strange friendships that got stronger when we went away to separate unis. She's generally just brilliant, and I was so happy to be going to visit her.
I started my weekend straight from work- I hopped in a taxi and zoomed straight to the station. I wound up everyone in the queue for tickets by getting the girl behind the counter to print my tickets and update my railcard, rather than sorting it at the machine, bought myself a can of gin and tonic, hopped onto the train, and enjoyed the views from First Class...
We were promised sunshine on Saturday, so C and I decided to head to Greenwich to potter in the market, the Royal Naval College and suchlike.
However, once we got off the tube in Canary Wharf (to switch to the DLR) we were greeted with THIS.
This is not what we ordered!! In trying to escape from the train and find our way to the DLR station, we ended up inside One Canada Place. It's pretty fancy there.
After a little wander though, we found our way onto the DLR, ended up here, and instantly fell in love with Greenwich...
|This is literally what greets you when you come out of the DLR station (Cutty Sark)|
We made our way over to the gorgeous market just as the sun started to poke his head out from behind the clouds again. To be on the safe side, we headed inside....
Honestly, it is amazing. I took so many pictures of things here, but I'm not going to bore you with them. All I can say is this market is brilliant, and worth the long trip out here.
We refuelled with delicious chorizo stew, and headed for the Naval College, where C's dad once studied. And oh my god it is beautiful.
|From C's instagram. Doesn't she take a gorgeous picture!?|
The two photos above are of the Painted Hall. This room is also reason enough to visit Greenwich- pictures cannot remotely do it justice. When we arrived, there was a sign outside saying that it would be closed that afternoon for a wedding. Imagine getting married there!
We then decided to head over to the National Maritime Museum for more sea-related learning. It is also in a beautiful building.
Now I love a good museum, but did not expect to enjoy this one as much as I did. Seriously, it is so interesting, and if you have even the remotest interest in maritime history (think pirates, commerce, the slave trade, transatlanticism...) you'll definitely enjoy this.
|Imagine this coming right at you. Scary, no?|
|Standing on the place she wants to visit most|
|And now no one can dispute the importance of tea|
When we'd had our fill of the museum, we headed to The Queen's House (no, not Buckingham Palace- this was built for different queens) to have a peek at some maritime artwork. Couldn't snap any pictures, but it's definitely a good place for a little wander.
|These are the Tulip Stairs- the beautiful piece in the centre is artwork by Alice Kettle|
We then went and sat in the sun for a good while, ate gluten-free cake, and just admired the beauty of Greenwich, and the contrast between old London and new London. See Canary Wharf across the river?!
Finally, we wandered back to the Cutty Sark- even after all of that learning, neither of us have the faintest recollection of why it's important. Someone fill me in?!
And after a quick supper and a lot of predrinks, we were ready for a night out in Clapham with C's amazing housemates where we all drank too much and got thrown out of a taxi on the way home. Impressive!!
And that was Day One!! Stay tuned for Sunday....