Monday, 12 May 2008

London...

London eh....

I really didn't think I would enjoy it as much as I did.

But it was tremendous.

Here's your Well Done Fillet Guide to London
(with pictures)


Hotel: We were booked into Base2Stay near the Earls Court road in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (Oooooooh fancy). The whole area surrounding the hotel is like a giant car park for Range Rovers, Porches, and Bentleys. It was superb and considering it was so cheap, £320 for three nights, I was doubly impressed. It's an Apart-hotel meaning there is no bar or kitchen but you get a kitchenette. My first flat had a kitchenette and a very odd man living next door but that's where the comparisons end. The rooms were stunning, airy, bright and very well maintained. If you need somewhere to stay in London free from snippy staff, bad buffet breakfasts, damp, 1970's decor then Base2Stay is the jobby for you. It's very close to a tube station so it's just perfect.



Tour: The highlight of the tour wasn't Downing Street or St Paul's Cathedral or even the London Eye but rather it was when the guy with tourettes got on. At first I thought he just didn't like London, "BOLLOCKS BOLLOCKS BOLLOCKS" he shouted as we passed the London Eye. Big wheels aren't for everyone I thought. And when we passed the Houses of Parliament he was even more forceful when he cried, "CUNTS". Nobody disagreed and he carried on conversing with his friend. It did get a bit tiring after a while though and I got really cheesed off when LMM wouldn't let me join in.

That's me at St Paul's Cathedral
they were looking a tenner in.

Arse to that....


Me and Big Ben
(and big tum)


Me on a bus
how delightful!


Things to do: One of the highlights of the trip for me was going to Tate Modern. You could very easily spend days walking through the building and still not see it all. Unfortunately we didn't have time for that. So we took in the Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia exhibition which for a chap like me was delightfully bewildering. Tate is totally worth the suggested donation fee of £3.00 and paying into the big exhibitions is also worth the cash especially if you can explain it all to me. The food there is excellent. The Science Museum was recommended by numerous people including uber geek Toast. And how right he was. It was great fun. It's like a huge great big toy box and it's free! Free, what a great word!

modern Manuel
why is he smiling?
why?


Modern mackerel with potato salad and garlic toast
freaking loverly......

manuel always had a thing for big women...
oh quit your "moan"ing....


I had a bit of a tan by this point

We also did quite a bit of shopping, Harrods etc. It was more craic watching others shop than actually shopping ourselves. I mean people who spend hundreds if not thousands on handbags and jumpers need to be watched. Watched and ridiculed. My intention had been to buy lots of records but that just didn't happen. I got two which was a serious disappointment. But I did buy two pairs of shoes. Which was odd. I have now doubled my shoe collection. Do four pairs of shoes count as a collection? Does it matter? I doubt it.

We did other things. Things like walking, lots of fucking walking. Too much walking. Oh how I hated the walking. And we ate, mainly at Wagamama and Cafe Nero and at EAT. London was and is great. The people were fantastic, helpful, and friendly except for one bus driver who was a right fucking grump. On to Paris now in the Autumn......

LMM and Manuel
ahhhhh look at our big heads.....

24 People trying to get Manuel's attention:

daisyfae said...

Lovely travelogue! And i must say that you and LMM are a striking couple - with those ear-to-ear grins, it's clear that you were made for each other!

Manuel said...

daisyfae: no she was holding me up at this point.....a bit pished......hehehehehe

bendersbetterbrother said...

So you're related to Cartoonhead off "Ideal" after all then.

Medbh said...

Love the color of LMM's dress and also dig her evening wrap. I need one of those myself.

How can you tire of walking in the city, Manuel? That's the best part.

Glad you two had a blast.

Manuel said...

bbb: and bertie basset....

medbh: because I'm lazy......very very lazy.....

savannah said...

what a great trip y'all had! i adored the tate modern! and walking, yep, i was lazy, too, but the MITM kept tempting me with great restos and drink as an incentive! i'll have to pass your lodging suggestion along to him, he's had a rather bad run of luck w/hotels in london of late...can we says double charges on his credit card!! and tons of irate calls & visits back to the hotel to get a refund! lovely pictures and such gorgeous smiles! ;-)
xxoo

i have pics for you, waiting for hassan to send them again in suitable for posting size!

MJ said...

Lovely pic of you and LMM.

And may I say your sugarloaf is looking toned from all the walking.

Old Knudsen said...

What a lovely looking couple, my brother Lars works in London did you see him? hes thinking about selling his hoose 'IN LARNE' and moving there if you are interested in buying a hoose.

d@\/ e said...

I see you grew, what in the beard world, is called a 'chin strip' for one of your photographs. Was this achievement due to the food you were eating in London or is there another reason for this? I wonder

sheepworrier said...

Seems like yous had a good time.
Did you get to use your mockney lingo, me ol' china?

Manuel said...

old k: larne? eh no thank you.......so many reasons why not to....

dave: I don't know what you mean!

sheepo: very disappointed never heard any! Plenty of Russian, Serb, French, Spanish and so on..........

samcrea said...

And not a Samuel Johnson quotation in sight...

Popped my London Cherry 2 years ago and have been back twice..

Love the buzz

But i hear you on the walking bit...

Manuel said...

sam: I'm a very lazy person..........very

Jessie said...

I'm so jealous of Europeans. It's much easier to get around, well, Europe. I'll go to London...someday when this recession is over. Looks like you had a wonderful trip though.

Manuel said...

jessie: we could do a house swap for a year if you want.......?hehehehehe

Mudflapgypsy said...

You see allsorts in Lahndahn.

Manuel said...

muddy: very good!!!

Sam, Problemchildbride said...

Base2Stay looks just the ticket. And for K&C the price is sweet.

I'd love a frolic in London. It's been years since I was there but I haven't forgotten the buzz. And then there's all the stuff to see. Maybe in a few years when the girls are bigger.

Lovely to hear you two had such a smashing time, Manuel.

eguinan said...

Ah, London. I'll be a resident before Christmas all going well. Yippee! I do hope I don't get jaded too quickly...

Glad yous had fun :)

d@\/ e said...

BertieBassetUel, Moaning Lisa's was a better beard than yours, it just doesn't suit your shape of face :-)

Conan Drumm said...

LMM seems to enjoy photographing you with large towers in the background... what is she trying to tell us?

Manuel said...

sam: It was great, I cant recommend it highly enough......

eguinan; oh it will take years to burn you out......

d@V e: I used to have one........terrible..

conan: hahahahahahahaha brilliant......

Jessie said...

Oh yes, I'm sure you'd just LOVE Kansas City, MO. My boss (who pretends he's european, but was actually born in the states then lived over in Ireland and Italy for awhile and who is a major arse) never ends his mockery of my city. But if you ever come to Kansas City give me a ring and I'll show you all the fun things to do here. Which is a lot. Really. I promise!

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