Trip Start Sep 23, 2004
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Edward and Mary's
Returning to earth, we went for lunch at Wagamama's, emerging to clear skies. Ah, the fickle English weather. Cross Waterloo Bridge, through the city to the British Museum. We visited an exhibition on the Egyptians, and wandered round the Asia gallery- Nepal, Tibet, Thailand. Viewing the terrcotta warriors was tempting, but expensive, and Rick was museumed out. A coffee then on to Covent Garden, which had changed from my old slightly bohemian haunt to a funkier, trendier and more soulless incarnation, with my favourite shops and cafes closed and turned to Italian fashion stores
We found the restaurant on the South Bank where we were meeting the others; Meesh, Jim, Alessandro and some more friends of Rick's. Food was good and chat was fun; we crossed back over the bridge and discovered a wine bar in an undercroft where we drank Bordeaux, and then to Waterloo Station for final drinks at Reef before getting the tube to Rick's Aunt Mary and Uncle Edward's.
After a comfy night and lovely breakfast, we went back into town to meet Vi and Amanda for lunch. Dim sum was delicious, and something not really done in New Zealand. I also had a cup of tea flavoured with a flower which grew like magic when the hot water was added to my glass. We followed it up with wine at the South Bank Centre, explored the Tate Modern where I got told off for laughing at Rothko's too loudly and for taking photos of pieces of glass (?????????), wandered past Bridget Jones' house and the replica Golden Hind, and found a beautiful timber frame pub where we sat outside undre a heater. And I'd remembered what I loved about London. The dark, the fun, the atmosphere, the history. My friends. We bid Vi goobye and ate pizza before getting late trains home.