I think we will be in London for a couple of days next year. I am so not looking forward to long flights on planes, but I am looking forward to being in Europe and Britain again.
We have been through Picadilly Circus, but I was too overwhelmed by what we were taking in at the time to know it. We certainly saw Oxford Street, but did not make it as far as Oxford Circus.
I hope we can have a meal at our fave Paddington pub in Praed Street, fully staffed by Polish people. No wish to revisit our digs in Sussex Gardens, also fully staffed by Polish people.
When we were last there, R wanted to see a West End show. I was not pro-active about it and we didn't. I will make sure we will this time, crumbling plaster in Shaftsbury Avenue theatres notwithstanding. I have heard the Transport for London museum is quite good and not too far out, so I hope we can see that. After being in Europe for nearly three weeks, I am quite sure we will not want to see one church, museum or gallery in London.
The London Eye is on the list this time. I think that is enough for two or three days. I think we will buy Oyster Cards this time.
Up north we plan to spend a night or two in Edinburgh and see the transport museum theme village of Beamish.
But what I want to do the most is look, wander and observe. We were at St Pancras Station twice in London and at Kings Cross Station once and I can't remember the buildings, apart from the blue roof girders at St Pancras. I remember looking at lots of signs to direct us to where we should be, but not looking around. We were shown the sights around the town of Newcastle, but we never had time for ourselves to just wander around the city.