|Outfit of the day!|
Jeans: ...just jeans
|A quick selfie before we left for the day!|
|A Whole New World would make more sense,|
but I'd already finished it!
|Coming in on the train. Can you see the London Skyline in the background?|
|Foyles is actually pretty cool, and comes up again later!|
|I like to get a shot of the London Eye while I'm around here.|
|Look, one of the balls had fallen off!|
|A street performer as Charlie Chaplin, doing his thing|
|Across the Thames to Westminster, with Elizabeth Tower (to give Big Ben it's official name) scaffolded up.|
|I love carousels, and I took this picture mainly for the history section.|
|It's right under Waterloo Bridge, and did continue on for a bit beyond this photo.|
|One of the stalls were selling these patterned plates|
Next thing we passed was the skate park, which is one of the reasons I like the South Bank so much - there's such a mix of culture along this stretch, along with the whole "never know what you might find" thing.
|Some people don't like graffiti, but I prefer it to bare walls a lot of the time.|
Also along here is the used book market. It wasn't really in full swing yet, and I didn't want to waste a large amount of our limited time looking around, so we didn't stay long.
Next thing we saw was a man making a snow scene sandcastle down on the beach. Yes, in one of the beaches of London along the Thames.
|This is just proof that someone was making a sandcastle along the beaches of London, which are a thing that exist!|
|A picture so you can see the sandcastle clearer. It looks amazing!|
Another thing we found was this tiny alcove of creative shops, with a carol singing group. They had one shop doing the coolest bags. Another had cute little minimalist necklaces, and I bought a small one with the London skyline.
Nicola had found out online about this cider lodge run by Rekorderlig. We decided to stop in there, since at this time we could both do with a sit down and a boost. They had more of a Christmas Market inside, too. I could have watched some of the food stalls all day! We decided to have a mulled cider, and took it outside. Please note that it was warm enough to sit outside in Britain in December.
|From the outside. It was ever so cosy!|
|Both of us with our drinks!|
|These two! Rosie had herself a normal cider.|
|The view from the top of the lift!|
|We both took quite a few photos of this tree!|
|This ceiling was amazing!|
|Table layout! You can see Nicola's tempura vegetables, which were so good, and also our drinks and edamame beans|
By the time we had finished here, night had fallen. We took a few more pictures of the view with all the lights out.
|This tree looked even better at night!|
|London at night is best London|
We still had a little while before the show, but we wanted to make sure we were in the right general vicinity, so we took the tube to the right station, and had a look around from there. One of the first things we wanted to do was find the theatre, so we'd know where to come back to. Along the way, though, we passed heaven. A five floor book shop, a branch of Foyles. I turned to Nicola and said "well, if I get started looking around here, you'll never get me out." She agreed, so we didn't spend long. I had bought eleven books the day before, so it wasn't as if I exactly needed any new ones, but that's not the point.
|I am not joking about how large this place is.|
|I really liked how this gate looks. I think the proper name for these is paifang? Please correct me if that is wrong.|
|I will say these do look pretty cool.|
And now we wanted a sit down and a drink, so we decided to find our way back to the theatre. Despite seeing it earlier, and not being that far away, we of course got lost and couldn't find it. After going in circles for a while, we managed to get google maps to co-operate, and found our way there. I bought a program before the show began, but I was a little disappointed. There were no full-pages of photograph stills, and those they had put into their own book. Still, the writing and interviews were still there.
|I actually took this picture after the show - note the people coming out of the doors!|
|There was a nice view from the theatre balcony. Note the House of Minalima!|
I got the 10:37 train out of London, changed once at midnight, picked up my next train at 12:30, and got home a little after 1am. What a long day!