Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Rule Brittania

Dr. C. and I took off from New York and flew to London for a few days before we pick up an Aston Martin and join a Classic Car driving tour.  Chasing away jet lag in London is easy, there is so much to do.  
After arrival, we got to our hotel and checked in, then it was time to eat, so we had dinner at Wheelers’ which was in the hotel, and a restaurant from bad boy chef Marco Pierre White.  Food was good, I wouldn’t call it memorable, but then again, we were pretty gorked from jet lag. 

The next day we set off on the tube, and toured the Imperial War Museum’s ChurchillWar Rooms, which I highly recommend.  Dr. C. is a history junkie, and I go along for the ride.  He reads every plaque, I get what I need and move on.  

A young boy touring with his family asked his mother what the black thing was on the desk--it's a rotary telephone

Years ago we went to a nighttime lecture in the war rooms, but didn’t get to tour the places where the war was managed.  It was fascinating, and if you have the opportunity I highly recommend it.  We spent the rest of the day walking around enjoying the sights.  
That night we attended Hamilton at the Victoria Palace theater.  It was an amazing performance by everyone, and the theater has undergone an incredible restoration. Just FYI, tickets for the same performance in NYC were $875, and we spent L200.  Actually cheaper to see it in London.
Saturday we decided to be real tourists and took a boat ride down the Thames to Greenwich, and back. 

Big Ben -- out of commission for 4 years

St. Paul's

The Golden Hind

Tower of London

Tower Bridge

City Hall, or a motorcycle crash helmet
That night we had dinner with old friends that we’d met years ago at EnotecaProperzio who live here.  They took us to Tower 42 for drinks where the views were awesome.

We went to dinner at Rules, the oldest restaurant in London.  The food is old school, as well as the service, and we had an amazing meal, lots of conversation and laughing about our countries problems. 

We rolled out of dinner and back to our hotel to get packed up so we could pick up our Aston Martin DB7 for the driving tour of Kent the next day.

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