We’re in London UK and sadly, leave tomorrow… What a fantastic city this is! We did everything and yet barely scratched the surface. Highlights: London Eye, Victoria and Albert Museum, Spitalfields and Brick Lane markets, dinner at Ottolenghi, dinner at Wahaca, dinner in Chinatown, quick sandwiches at Pret and EAT (notice a theme…?).
Our South Kensington mews townhouse is steps away from the tube station – getting around has been so easy, especially with the Oyster card week-long pass. Highly recommendon the rental website – 5 of us in a 3 bedroom townhouse for much less than a couple of London hotel rooms.
Interestingly, this city seems to be so inaccessible for wheelchair users and yet I see people with disabilities everywhere, especially children with severe disabilities in custom wheelchairs. Is my radar up, or do people here just get out more…?
On Owen’s birthday itself (August 18 – he would have been 13), we did indeed do the London Eye and visit the Aquarium to see the penguins (although it was hard to overlook the disturbingly haggard appearance of the penguins in their very small enclosure). You’ll notice in the gallery below some artwork Angus made for Owen, as well as the little Domo creature he bought for Owen the night before (which matches his own, at home). I bought a small gift for Angus to commemorate Owen’s birthday: a Lonely Planet travel book with a page for every country of the world. Could we become world travelers? Why not. I like to think Owen is cheering us on…
To see the full images, click on a photo for the slideshow. (People in the photos: me, Angus, Carsten, my mom – we all traveled together – plus my brother Ben who was visiting his girlfriend in Kendal but joined us for a few days, my brother John who lives in London, and John’s girlfriend Zofia, who lives with John.)