I arrived in London from Perth with a stopover in Hong Kong. The Europe leg of my round-the-world trip was just about to start and I was very glad to be back in London. My last visit was in March 2007 and I was eager to hop onto the underground tube and make my way to the hostel at King’s Cross. Together with three other friends who were flying in from Singapore, we had booked a four-person dorm room at The Clink Hostel. I will not recommend it to anyone unless you don’t mind small spaces. My friends arrived and after depositing the bags in the room and ranting about how claustrophobic the room made us feel, we left for Sainsbury’s to get supplies then decided to call it a night.
The next morning, we walked to the British Museum from the hostel. It was my second visit. For the most part, the exhibits hadn’t changed much other than some new ones here and there.
We ambled around a little, visiting the Egyptian and Japanese galleries, as well as some others, Roman and Greek ones I believe. We knew that we’d see a lot more history and art over the next three weeks that we were going to spend in Paris and Rome, so we decided not to stay too long at the British Museum. It is one of the best museums in the world though, and entrance is free at that, so definitely include it in your itinerary if in London.
Thereafter, we strolled through Covent Garden, stopping for chocolates at Thorton’s and then on to Leicester Square to buy tickets at the TKTS booth. Tickets to Les Miserables were sold out for the day so we chose Wicked, which I had watched in Chicago in 2007 but didn’t mind watching again.
We then took the tube to Oxford Street where the girls wanted to window shop. We browsed at Zara, H&M, Topshop and a few other stores before settling for coffee at Paul. When it came time for Wicked, we made our way to the Apollo Theatre along Shaftesbury Ave. The photo below was taken way before showtime hence the empty seats. The theatre was sold out and as expected, Wicked was excellent and I’d recommend the soundtrack.
All in all, our first day in London was a typical touristy one with many more to come. The next day, we were heading to Portobello Market at Notting Hill and then on to London Luton Airport in the afternoon for a flight to Paris.