Another Loyal Reader Makes an Appearance

by brian on January 16, 2009

The next meeting in London was with loyal reader Chris, who heard my call for London folks to come out and meet me.

 Another Loyal Reader Makes an Appearance
Chris is from the US, but has been in London for the past 15 years. He came out here on a lark, when he called up a friend asking around for a job. The friend called back 30 minutes later and asked him,

“Do you have a passport?”

We went to lunch at a great Thai place and then went to Starbucks, where he showed his great knowledge of London and the surrounding areas by suggesting some great day trips…and even telling me what train to take.

His suggestions:

From Waterloo Station to Salisbury and then a bus from Salisbury

Windsor Castle
From Waterloo Station to Windsor

Eastbourne, Beachyhead
From Waterloo Station

Dover Castle
From Victoria Station

Greenwich Observatory, National Maritime Museum
If you look at a world map, this is where the GMT timezone run through in the United Kingdom
188 Bus
DLR to Cutty Sar

There is also suppose to be a foot tunnel under the River Thames. Didn’t check that out yet.

Chris you are an amazing resource. Please write that book you were thing about. I’m sure it will be extrememly insightful on whatever topic you pick. Thanks for lunch and the info.

Speaking of things to do in the London, the city has a wealth of museums and cultural attractions that are free.

British Museum
National Portrait Gallery
National Science Museum
Natural History Museum
Tate Modern Museum

 Another Loyal Reader Makes an AppearanceMe at Tate Modern

Before you say just reading that list is making me sleepy, trust me, you will find at least one of these places interesting. And if it isn’t, you didn’t pay anything. When in London drop by.

For any Americans in London next Tuesday the 20th, Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in London is offering free admission if you can prove you are American. The reason: They are unveiling a wax sculpture of Barack Obama in a replication of the Oval Office on Inauguration Day. If you’re not in London, pass it on to any Americans you know that are here.

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Chris January 16, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Thanks for the kind words. Now that I’m about to be officially redundant at work, maybe I will write a book.

That picture makes me look so THIN! I am so grateful!

Have fun in Paris.


Randuwa January 17, 2009 at 6:55 PM

Hey, friend of Chris’ from the States here! He is an amazing resource and a generous friend when it comes to all things London.

As his guest a few years back, I also really loved the Tate Modern. I would recommend the Wallace Collection and the Courtauld at Somerset House in central London both, too.

Enjoy your journey!
Washington, DC


brian January 22, 2009 at 1:27 AM

Great time meeting you. Thanks for the info.

Tate Modern was very nice. I’ll try to check your other suggestions too.


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