London calling...

Trip Start Aug 14, 2013
Trip End Feb 01, 2014

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Liver well and truly starting the pickling process we headed down to London, to what would turn out to be 2 weeks of pure carnage and catch-ups!
By day we would seek out old haunts or visit museums and galleries we'd not been to in a long time, by night we would find ourselves catching up with old friends over one too many drinks, then crawling back to Katza's place to sleep on her ever so comfy couch!
There was so much to fit in, and we soon  figured we had so much to do in so little time.  We split our time doing the cultural things London has to offer - drinking, food and artsy stuff!  To try to sum up our time I've split into the sections below - note: in order of importance!
Drinking Culture - we drank one too many pints over our time, starting at O'Neills in Blackheath - when you think it is a good idea to have shots of sambucca it's time to go home; tried our best to get stuck in to the  London Cocktail Festival in Shoreditch - 4 cocktails in swanky bars, yes please... shame the bars started charging a cover charge, kind of defeated the purpose cheap drinks; table top dancing at the Urban Bar with glittery cowboy hats and wigs; tried our bit at a pub quiz and came 2nd to last - at least if we were last we would have won a prize; drank at the Kray Brothers old drinking haunt The Carpenters Arms.
Food and Coffee Culture - we sampled Korean food with surly waiters in a hair salon; ate a yummy pot of mussels with a vino at Belgo for a mere 8; visited Monmouth in London Bridge for the best coffee; found the cutest coffee cart where we sampled amazing Columbian coffee - first coffee ever that didn't need sugar; caught up with lovely friends over dinner and lunch, with a bottle of wine or two; negotiated a cheap meal in Brick  Lane with large bottles of Cobras included.
Artsy Culture - we visited the National Portrait Gallery, where we found ourselves amongst paintings of the Tudors; strolled Abney Park Cemetery for the 2nd time, where we found ourselves pulling away ivy from gravestones in search of Ants ancestors; tried to culture Ant at the Tate Modern - lets just say if you think Picasso was a painting by  a 5 year old, maybe you are in the wrong place; listened to the awesome John Grant at The Jazz cafe in London; revisited the British museum, where we found ourselves surrounded by hundreds of school kids, all vying to see the treasures on show; went on London's latest attraction the gondola ride, giving you a pretty impressive view of Canary Wharf and the O2; visiting a weird sculpture display in a disused building by Goodge Street Station.
With our 2 weeks quickly over and a very heavy heart we left London once more, to start the next big leg of our journey through West Africa, first stop Dakar, Senegal.
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