London, the 2nd afternoon

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Leicester Square
My 2nd day in London started earlier than I had expected. I had no troubles sleeping in the hostel room with 3 other people, but I did wake up a time or two as others filtered out early in the morning. I wasn’t upset by this, because I had reserved a tour at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, the location of the annual Wimbledon Championships. My tour was supposed to be at 11:00, but the time kind of snuck up on me a bit. Knowing that I had a few hours between when I woke up and when the tour was supposed to start I dawdled, and roamed a bit around town before grabbing the tube down to Wimbledon. I also forgot to check to see which tube stop I should take for the tour before I left the hostel and had to wing it.
I completely misjudged the time it would take to get to Wimbledon via the tube, I didn’t choose the nearest stop to the club, and was totally clueless as to how far a walk it would be once I got off the tube.

The tour was scheduled for 11:00, I showed up at 11:20. No worries, though, I just jumped onto the noon tour. Before that I took a stroll through the Wimbledon Museum. I guess that was interesting to a point, but not enough to keep me from rushing through it. I don’t know much about the Wimbledon Championships prior to about 1990, so all of the early year stuff was totally foreign to me and frankly not that interesting to me. So I focused on the more recent history of the museum, which isn’t a significant amount of space. I did enjoy watching the highlights of the last 8 gentlemen’s finals matches.
It's Charlie!!!
That Roger Federer is something else, and that Nadal character isn’t too shabby either.

Finally, an hour later than I had planned, I was on the tour of the grounds. The tour was really, really slow. I probably could’ve led the tour in about half the time. I wasn’t impatient or anything, and I didn’t have anything to be back in London for aside from more random wandering, but it could’ve gone much faster. I would’ve understood it if they were charging me by the hour.

The tour ended in Centre Court, and then I was on my way back toward London. This time I used the much, much closer station and the trip back in seemed to go much faster. A quick stop at the hostel to grab a few things, drop off a few others, and I was back at the city. This time I wandered down toward Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. I had heard such marvelous things about the Tower of London tour, but I decided against it as £17 didn’t seem worth it to me. I’m not sure it’d have been worth it to me at £2, so price wasn’t the objection. I took a few pictures as I wandered around and found a few cheap trinkets that my sister had requested so that she could put a few things into her “culture box” for her students at school.
Vikram says:
As an Indian, 17 quid was just worth it to come face to face with the Kohinoor.
Posted on: Sep 16, 2009
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Centre Court, Wimbledon
My second, and final, night in London started shortly after my stop off to see the Tower of London. I hadn’t seen Piccadilly Circus yet, and felt that it was a place I should lay my eyeballs on before I left. I had heard it was London’s equivalent to New York’s Times Square. I think I prefer Piccadilly Circus, though neither place is all that interesting to me. Too much hustle and bustle, too many high-powered advertisements, too many people, too many cars, and too little sanity seem to describe Piccadilly Circus. It’s truly a circus.

I wanted to see another show in London but had to decide whether it should be Les Miserables or Phantom of the Opera. I had never seen Les Miz, but I love Phantom.
Roger Federer's strange attire for this year's Championships
In the end I figured I should go with the show that I’d never seen. First, I needed a good meal in me. I had a guidebook with me and found an intriguing Indian restaurant about a 10 or 15 minute walk from Piccadilly Circus. With a bit of Tandoori Chicken in me and a spice-induced runny nose I left my delightful restaurant and headed back to the nearby Leicester Square area to enjoy some gelato. Then, on to Queen’s Theatre for Les Miz. I definitely preferred Les Miz to the Lion King of the night before, and while it still doesn’t measure up in my eyes to Phantom of the Opera it was a very good show and engaging performance.

After 5 straight days of constant walking I think the idea of just going back to the hostel and sleeping appealed to me, though I was tempted to wander back toward Tower Bridge to get a closer view of it as it was lit up at night. I decided that I’d seen it well enough the previous night while standing on London Bridge. Back at the hostel I lounged around a bit, talked to a few folks, had a conversation with my roommate and was asleep sometime after midnight. In a few short hours I’d be waking once again, this time to say goodbye to London for this trip and hope to see her again down the road. In 24-hours time I will find myself resting in beautiful Paris.
marix_sublime says:
hahahhaahahahaahah!!!! i maybe corruptible, but not that corruptible, hahhaahahaaahaahaha!
Posted on: Sep 07, 2009
HCSmooth66 says:
Or go alone. Nothing wrong with that. The lights are off and you're watching the show anyway, hardly matters if anyone's with your not. Unless you're like the couple who had to make out ever few minutes during the show, but that was just weird.
Posted on: Sep 07, 2009
marix_sublime says:
tis still ok...i mean the price. i'll try to dragged someone to go with me, lol!
Posted on: Sep 07, 2009
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