Having seen each other for the first time in four years in Cardiff last month, it felt only right that Ayako and I took our Britanese reunion tour to London during February.
Both fans of casual photography, neither of us could wait to whip out our cameras and get snapping around the capital.
Despite travelling all the way to London, we ended up spending Saturday evening in a Welsh pub watching rugby. Of all the matches to be watching in London, England v Wales was particularly tense, surrounded by ecstatic England fans chanting “swing low”. As the only two Wales supporters in the pub, we quietly commiserated the Welsh loss on our own, over a pint (or two) and some rather comforting burgers.
Staying in a quaint AirBnB on King’s Road gave us a prime opportunity to have a wonder around Kensington and Chelsea. My favourite of our findings was a Western Asian restaurant, A Wanted Man, where we enjoyed a Lebanese twist on British brunch.
The AirBnB had a rooftop private terrace, which despite the drizzle and spine chilling wind, we just had to make the most of. Enjoying our Sunday morning coffee, overlooking South Kensington was a treat in itself – especially when the heater was burning!
Anyone with the faintest enthusiasm for English history would be overwhelmed by all that there is to see and learn at the Tower of London. To be able to gaze at the Crown Jewels and learn of the fates of the tower’s numerous infamous prisoners is so fascinating, that one afternoon is simply not enough time to see it all. Another visit to see some more of the Tower is most definitely on the cards, although I may wait until the weather warms up a bit.
A casual Sunday stroll around London’s main attractions was a perfect opportunity for some more camera snapping. The fog certainly added to the atmosphere as we shivered our way around the centre of the city.
Away from the main attractions, London’s hidden gems are its beautiful side streets. Skipping the Tube and walking our way around for most of the time, we caught a glimpse of what residential London is like in contrast to the touristic centre.
With Cardiff and London ticked off our list, and four months remaining while we both live in the same country, the question now is where do Ayako and I take our next Britanese reunion…