On Monday Megan and I played the roles of a nostalgic tourist and a vaguely-remembers-things-about-London tourist. I was the former. We started the day off late, choosing to sleep in to try and combat the utter exhaustion we've felt. Also, we didn't think we could fill an entire day with what we planned to do. We started by jumping on the tube and heading to Holborn, my old stop. From there we walked down to the LSE campus and walked around for a bit. After showing Megan around we walked down to the small convenience store on campus and bought lunch. I went with the same thing I ate every day while at LSE and Megan went with the same thing she ate the day before, a BLT.
We ate lunch at the tables outside the library, which was nice once the sun came out. It was really great getting to see that campus again. I loved studying at LSE and never expected that I'd be back here so soon.
After lunch we started walking through The City of London, which is always fun. We stopped by Twinning's and Temple Church, which was closed. Eventually we made it to St. Paul's Cathedral. One of our goals in London was to see St. Paul's because last time Megan was here the outside of it was being restored and so she wasn't able to see it firsthand. We walked in but decided the £15 entry fee was a bit too steep so we soon headed back out what was clearly marked as "The Gate to Heaven." So, yeah...
After St. Paul's we decided to try and find tickets to a show. We had loosely settled on The 39 Steps, a parody of Hitchcock's thriller. I'd seen it before in New York, and maybe a second time in London, but was willing to see it again. On the way to the theater I spotted a sign for The Sunshine Boys, a Neil Simon play starring - For 12 weeks only! - Danny DeVito and Robert Griffiths. Based on the playwright and the two stars alone we decided to switch shows. A ticket office at Piccadilly Circus offered us relatively good seats in the Stalls for an on-sale price of £45 with the recommendation that we check back in an hour for a better price. We thanked him and headed across town to the Savoy Theater to see what prices they had to offer. As I expected, they had better prices. As students we were able to walk away with two tickets in the stalls, center stage, ten rows back for £25 each. So managed to get better tickets for £20 cheaper. Needless to say, we felt pretty proud of ourselves.
After buying our tickets we headed across the street to Covent Garden and watched a few street performers. After the first we headed upstairs to a balcony bar to get a better view. The first guy was a escape artist, the second a contortionist, and the third was bad at his job. We gave a few pounds to the second guy, and I'd encourage everyone back home to ask Megan to show them the picture she has with her Jamaican contortionist friend.
Following those acts we found a sandwich place for dinner and wasted some time before the show. Eventually we walked over to the Savoy and saw the show. It was really good, and very funny. DeVito was surprisingly good, which isn't to say I didn't expect him to be good but instead that he was exceptionally good. While waiting for the show Megan made friends with the old lady next to us. I'm convinced she can talk to literally anyone.
After the show we wandered around a bit looking for a nite to eat. We ended up goof back through my old neighborhood and even coming within sight of where I loved a couple years ago, which was cool. Eventually we got back on the tube and headed home. We got a quick bite to eat at McDonald's and then went to sleep.waiting for the show Megan made friends with the old lady next to us. I'm convinced she can talk to literally anyone.
After the show we wandered around a bit looking for a nite to eat. We ended up goof back through my old neighborhood and even coming within sight of where I loved a couple years ago, which was cool. Eventually we got back on the tube and headed home. We got a quick bite to eat at McDonald's and then went to sleep.