It’s a late Friday night in London, and I’m in an Indian restaurant in Gloucester Road. … drinking a milk shake.
I could be doing more interesting things, of course. But the possibilities seem a bit civilised and, dare I say it, dull – compared to what I could have been doing to amuse myself had I lived in a another era.
London time travel
- And my favourite: pay a penny or two to watch doctors perform autopsies (the educational value alone…)
Sadly, I have no photos of these missed opportunities of yore! But here are a couple of random photos of present-day – and somewhat historic – London:
Actually, drinking milk shake is not all I did today. I learned all the fascinating facts above from a fabulous walking tour of London’s criminal history – deliciously appropriate for the mysterious month of October.
A three-part series on Murder and Mayhem in London through the ages is coming up. Watch this space!
Great ideas! Counting the heads on spikes seems deliciously gruesome. haha!
I love London (duh) and my favorite thing to do would be head to the pub, Lamb and Flag, and listen to this old Jazz band. They probably performed there for years and just had this amazing energy. Loved it every time!
@Jade – The Lamb and Flag – is that the one in Covent Garden?
okay, this made me laugh. Great take on London.
Yes, a truly gory past. I would add a cruise on the Thames with its 13 feet of human excrement and dead bodies. A dinner cruise of course.
@Christopher – Oh, wow! Talk about a dinner cruise with a view. And smell 🙂
Sounds promising. I’m looking forward to the sequel.
Awesome and brief post Sophie, I’d really enjoy the Indian food followed by a milkshake as well!
Looking forward to the posts and all the gory details for the run-up to Hallowe’en. 🙂
I went on a mystery walk, or rather a Jack the Ripper walk. Fabulous, it certainly appealed to my twisted nature. I’ll stay tuned for your next posts.
@Inka – Jack will be featured 🙂
Fun! London has a certain historical edginess doesn’t it?
I had no idea you could do a walking tour through London’s criminal history, but sounds very interesting. I might have to check this out next month when I’m there for the World Travel Market.
Oh I love those kind of walks back in history. The Police Museum does one such one in Vancouver, all on the cities more criminal past. Absolutely fascinating stuff and the type of thing to inspire a good historical thriller.
Thanks. It’s been 10 years since I last visited London. I guess I’d be at some pub on a Friday night traveling to another dimension 🙂
@David – time travel and space travel – both good 🙂
Awesome pictures, Sophie! I can hardly wait to read your series. Sounds perfect for October 🙂
Haha! Yes, the walking tours are awesome. I did a Harry Potter walking tour once. Or a Thames cruise, (minus the excrement and human bodies of course). Or, head out for a curry, like you did, especially if you’re in Tooting (south west). Great places and good prices!
How I would love to time-travel and see Elizabeth I’s court!
Oh yes! I’m looking forward to this series. London’s history can be so dark and fantastical. Very exciting and spooky!
You really could pay to watch autopsies? Man, I was born in the wrong era!
London is such a fascinating city and one of the top destinations on my list of places I want to see next. Incredibly diversity and I love the culture there. I am already excited about your series! 🙂
What a clever and fun way to think about traveling in a city like London! I might have paid my penny to see the autopsy….maybe.
Ah London. Haven’t been there in ages but hope to see it again soon. Thanks for the tips!