So a couple hours after arriving in London, I ran to the bathroom in a Pret a Manger and had my phone stolen while I was in there. Which I’m annoyed about, but not really that upset. It was a piece of crap, but it’s still an inconvenience. At least he/she didn’t take my laptop or passport, which were also sitting right there. Mainly, that just means I won’t be taking any more pictures.
I’m staying in a hipster area of East London for the next few days – the Shoreditch/Hoxton area. It allows me to explore a little more of East London before heading back to where I stayed before and returning home. It’s also pretty close to jump down to hit some of the attractions I missed on my first go of the city.
So I explored this area a bit and found places to work. A couple restaurants and pubs with a more relaxed atmosphere and good WiFi connections. Good for working, but not great for taking calls. El Paso positions themselves as a cafe/tex-mex place for people to come and work, which is an awesome idea. Unfortunately, their food isn’t very good.
Mainly I hung out at the cafe across the street at the Spread Eagle pub sipping on the cheapest beers I could find and getting some work done. A lot of “trendy” cocktail bars in the area. Like, 7-10 quid for a cocktail, cocktail bars. Not my style.
I have my Oyster card from when I was in London earlier, so I can pretty easily take the underground or bus down to central London if I fancy. Tuesday morning, I fancied.
Museum of London – This museum was mostly rubbish. Another natural history museum and kind of the ancient history of London. Honestly, I ran through this one fairly quickly. I guess there were dinosaurs here though a long time ago, then some Romans, and there was a big fire, royalty, and Emma Watson visited her dad on weekends here when she was little.
Tate Modern – Modern art gallery. Matisse exhibit opening soon. A lot of people around. Again, I kind of ran through this one. I’m trying to appreciate art but you can only show so much appreciation over a set period of time.
St. Paul’s Cathedral – Another big church/cathedral thing. Pretty popular place for people to sit on the stairs of. I found a picture of it so at least I can have one for this post.
Then I went back to Shoreditch again and did some work at Spread Eagle again across the street from my hostel. Pretty relaxing and unpopular place, which makes it perfect for me.
I walked around a bit too, and the names of the places here are pretty funny. Spread Eagle, for one. But there’s a bar here just called “Dragon” which I’m obviously going to go to soon.
Rather than go back down to central London, I decided to take the morning and go find myself a nice little park on the outskirts of London. So I decided to go with Hampstead Park. It’s a nice little section North of London out of the way a bit – the kind of place I prefer to be.
Hampstead Park – Had a view nice trails for me to go through. Walked through the woods a bit, through some ponds, and it also had a nice overlook of the city. Like Primrose Hill, but further away.
Then I walked South back towards London through some of the normal looking neighborhoods. Just normal little areas of a bit city. I passed like two stores selling pine furniture. What a horrible existence that must be, running a small pine furniture shop.
Primrose Hill – This wasn’t too far from where I was, and since I liked it the first time, I went back and hung out here again.
Regent Park – It’s right next to Primrose Hill so I walked through it on my way.
Earl of Camden – This is the pub right outside Regents Park. I was starving since it was like 3 and I hadn’t eaten anything, so I stopped for some nachos and a beer. They had little chalkboards all over the place with Mitch Hedberg quotes on them, which made me happy.
Then I took the underground back over to Shoreditch and worked for a while before going to bed early.
Today I went down to the Old Spitalfields Market, which was mostly antiques and vintage clothing. Naturally, I didn’t buy anything, but it was fun browsing through nonetheless.
I continued walking in that direction just to see what I would find, and I stumbled upon the business and financial district. Namely, St. Mary’s Axe, or the Gherkin, which is the giant lava lamp in London. I had lunch sitting under it with everyone else in their suits.
Then I had an afternoon and evening stuffed with client phone calls, which I was able to complete pretty well with the internet connection. Satisfactory enough, at least. Then I bought a couple Carlsbergs (you can buy individual beers in England) because I didn’t feel like going to the pub (and it’s way cheaper) and drank them in my hostel room because I’m a rebel.