A Weekend in the Big Smoke

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I got to London quite late on the Friday night and pulled the car in at a mate's flat.  All the guys from Uni were already there and were tucking into a few beers, so I joined in.  It was a catch up with everybody, get drunk Friday night.  The Saturday was what we'd all come for.

I'd agreed to go into the city centre on the Saturday with my friend, Gareth, so we could meet one of his friends there and do a bit of sightseeing.  We got off the tube at Westminster as Big Ben is an easy meeting point for everybody and we headed over to the Tate Modern to fulfill the cultlural side of our personalities.

The museum is spread over 7 floors, but that isn't as impressive as it sounds.

Gaz and some of those sweet smelling roast peanuts that reminded me of NYC
  The top floor is a restaurante and bar; the 6th floor is a members only room, the ground floor is a shop and the massive (artistic) crack; and the 2nd floor is just irrelevant.  The 4th floor is exhibitions only and you have to pay to see these.  From time to time you do get impressive colections here, so it's worth keeping an eye on the events to see if any coming around takes your fancy.

The 3rd and 5th floor contains the house collections, but I personally didn't find these overly impressive.  I did like a couple of pieces by Andy Warhol, Franz Marc, Marc Rothko, and Roy Lichenstein, but I found these noway near comparitable to the collections in MoMA NYC.  There was quite a few of Claude Monet's Water Lillies to brag about, but not a lot else. 

That was our day.  We headed back to the flat early evening and got ready for a night out around Soho.  That proved to be a good night, as always. 

I do like London and visit a lot.  The nightlife is second to none and the options of things to do is plentiful.  I guess I was there with a bit of a hangover and so just wasn't up for the museum on this visit.

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Gaz and some of those sweet smelli…
Gaz and some of those sweet smell…
Millennium Bridge
Millennium Bridge
The Globe
The Globe
Millennium Bridge
Millennium Bridge
The massive crack in the Tate Mode…
The massive crack in the Tate Mod…
The massive crack in the Tate Mode…
The massive crack in the Tate Mod…
The massive crack in the Tate Mode…
The massive crack in the Tate Mod…
Some Andy Warhol pieces
Some Andy Warhol pieces
Some Andy Warhol pieces
Some Andy Warhol pieces
Claude Monets Water Lillies
Claude Monet's Water Lillies
The crushed silver
The crushed silver
The crushed silver
The crushed silver
Pop Art by Roy Lichenstein
Pop Art by Roy Lichenstein
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