Thursday, August 21, 2008

London in a List

Following my brothers advice I have made the following list of things to do in London with my mother. Note the hand to tick off tick boxes.

September Events
A list of events
Open Days
Jane Austen Festival
Thames Festival
Tattoo Convention

OCT Events
1066 Festival

Stores of Interest
 hampstead shop
cheese shop
 Cheese Shop
 Covent Garden Cask Whisky Shop
 Vintage store

Historical Buildings
 Awesome old church
 Globe theatre
 Tower of
Old Bailey
 Westminster Abbey
 Dr Johnsons house
 Oldest Church fabric in London
 Old Jewish House

Sunday 7 September: 12 noon - 5pm
Sunday 14 September: 12 noon - 5pm
for the Brick Lane Festival
Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 September: 10am - 6pm

Museums and Galleries
 Clock making museum
 Egypt museum
 Toy Museum
 Foundling Museum
 weird silent museum
 National History Museum
Museum of London
 John Sloane museum
Tate Modern and Britain
 National Gallery
 operating theatre
 Charles Dickens Museum
 Keats House
 Broadway market
 Camden Market
 Portobello Road Market
 Spitalfields Market
 Borough Market
 Greenwich Market
 Leadenhall Market
 Columbian Road Flower Market

Places of Interest
 Arsenal stadium
 Chelsea Physic Garden
 Kew Gardens
singalonga sound of music/ rocky horror
 lochs by boat

Food of interest
 salt beef bagel from Curtain Road or Brick Lane
 Indian food from Tooting
 Steak from either broadway market or Gaucho Grill
French Restaurant
 Turkish from Hackney, Green Lanes or Gallipoli
 Thai from Isarn

Pubs and Drinking
learn how to make a martini £18
Old Gin Bars
In Soho, the Argyll Arms (18 Argyll Street, W1; 020 7734 6117) boasts Victorian etched mirrors, snob screens and mahogany; the original layout is intact too – a corridor leads to the large back saloon past three small snug bars. For knockout Victoriana, the Albert (52 Victoria Street, SW1; 020 7222 5577) is a fabulous confection of hand-cut glass, carved dark wood and old gaslight fittings, built in the 1860s to honour the empress’s departed prince.
The City is where many old-timers of the London pub world are still standing. For example, the Viaduct Tavern (126 Newgate Street, EC1; 020 7600 1863), an 1869 pub, is just across the road from the Old Bailey. Up in north London is the Island Queen (87 Noel Road, N1; 020 7704 7631). Swathed in wood and etched glass, it celebrates nautical glory with a wave-damaged wooden figurehead, palm leaves and prints of ships; a vast island bar presides over the middle of the lofty single room.
Best of the lot, though, is the Prince Alfred (5a Formosa Street, W9; 020 7286 3287). The beautiful old tiling and exquisitely curved frosted glass frontage barely prepare you for the architectural delights within: a complex series of snugs with a fabulously ornate half-moon dark-wood bar as centrepiece. The snugs (free to hire!) once kept the proles apart from the toffs, and stand now as fascinating testimony to the British class system.
On Carting Lane, a gloomy side street off the Strand between the Savoy and the ShellMex building, you can find London’s last remaining sewer-powered gas lamp, still giving out its queasy yellow glow around the clock, thanks to a hollow iron column that allows sewer vapours to travel to its flame. Lit by the capital’s slurry since the 1880s, this Patent Sewer Ventilating Lamp represents Victorian ingenuity at its best.

Bar Polski (11 Little Turnstile, WC1; 020 7831 9679)
N1 real ale casks
Charles Lamb
Tequila Club

Day Trips from London Ideas
St Albans
Leeds Castle
Arundel Castle

just bear it in mind

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

status report

We have a vegetarian mouse! he only likes to dig in our little (inside) garden and nibble on our baby tomato plant! He ignored the chocolate or other goodies around, and digs a small maze below the ground. I think its cute. I am also going to use it to kill him, my plan is to put some peanut butter and tomato plant on a mousetrap hidden in a paper bag and slightly submerged with the mouth of the bag opened invitingly.

Then in the morning I can pick up the bag with the poor little mousey inside and throw him in the rubbish with no ceremony.

A state of war has been declared.