Friday, April 4, 2008

The Flying Quiche's Whistlestop Tour of London

My two best college buddies were here last week- hence the lack of a "daily" photo- and I think they saw just about as much of London as they could physically handle during their short stay in the capital. Here is a play by play of where I dragged them to:


  • Arrive from Heathrow ridiculously early
  • Walk along Portobello Road
  • Stop into The Travel Book Shop and Books for Cooks
  • Grab a "Spicy Chicken Leg" from the German stall with the mean German cook
  • Grab coffee at Cafe Nero in Notting Hill Gate
  • Take the tube to Tottenham Court Road to go to Forbidden Planet and pick up some unecessary sci-fi toys and comics
  • Walk around Covent Garden
  • Walk to Piccadilly Circus
  • Stop off at Fortnum and Mason's to pick up some chocolate truffles (Strawberry & Champagne wins the taste off)
  • Walk through Green Park to Buckingham Palace


  • Start off with homemade brunch: bacon, hasbrowns, orange muffins with maple syrup, washed down with a mimosa
  • Take a walk around the British Museum- see the Crystal Skull before it becomes too popular
  • Take the tube to Knightsbridge for a walk around Harrods
  • Grab some macarons from Laduree (the same people who provided all the food for Sofia Copolla's Marie Antoinette)
  • Cross Knightsbridge Road into Hyde Park
  • Stroll over to the fountains in the north
  • Walk through Kensington Gardens, stopping off at the Round Pond to see the Queen's Swans
  • End up at Video City in Notting Hill Gate to grab a movie so we can finally stop walking.


  • Walk down Portobello Road (such a good start to the day!)
  • Take the tube to Oxford Circus
  • Stroll through Picaddilly Circus and onwards towards Green Park
  • Stop in at Christie's on King Street for the preview of Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds
  • Walk through Green Park to see Buckingham Palace again (not everyone was present last time)
  • Then stroll along the Mall to reach Trafalgar Square and grab lunch at one of the 5 Pret's within shouting distance
  • Take in some art at the National Gallery
  • Walk down Parliament Street to Westminster
  • Take in Parliament, Big Ben, The London Eye and Westminster Abbey at almost sunset
  • Run home for dinner and a change of clothes
  • Take in some jazz at Ronnie Scott's where "students" with a student ID get in for free after 11:30pm


  • Fly to Dublin- because we just don't have enough to do.


  • Forget to wake up
  • Finally get our asses out of bed
  • One last stop at the Travel Book Shop and Books for Cook's
  • Take the tube to South Kensington Station
  • Stroll through Natural History Museum- Taking in the awesome DINOSAUR exhibit
  • Head over to the Victoria & Albert Museum- Find the gallery with all those Winnie the Pooh and Beatrix Potter drawings
  • Walk to the Humming Bird Bakery on Old Brompton Road-Devour a cupcake and slice of Coconut Cheesecake with a latte
  • Head over to Monument Station to meet up with our guide for a Haunted London walk


  • Take the tube to Tower Bridge
  • Try to get tickets for the Tower of London and decide the line is too long and it's too exspensive anyway....
  • Walk around it for free!
  • Eat lunch at Paul sitting at those cute little cafe tables wedged between the Tower of London and Tower Bridge
  • Walk along Tower Bridge- get hailed on- in April
  • Take the tube to Westminster
  • Pop into Westminster Abbey for evensong at 3pm
  • Take the tube to Oxford Circus
  • Take a breather at Leon on Regent Street with a Lemon-Ginger Crunch and Blackberry Quencher
  • Shop your way down Oxford Street to Marble Arch (stopping off at Debenham's, Topshop and Primark)
  • Run home to fix yourself
  • Stay up late at the Tate Modern which is open until 10pm on Fridays

1 comment:

  1. wow...when you put it that way...we are crazy!!! man i miss you already *tear* thanks again for everything, i really had no idea how much i missed you and how glad i was to finally see you again. so, again, thank you so so much, it was aaaa-mazing! love you, miss you!