Several months ago when Nick invited Tim and me to Scotland for Christmas, I don’t think he expected us to actually make it. Neither did we. But as the time got closer, the idea took hold and by November, we’d booked our planes, trains, and automobiles. We were on the way.
Above the Atlantic, we leave North America and Nova Scotia in the rearview mirror. Travel time from DC to London with layovers = 15 hours
After the redeye flight, we arrive in London at 8:30 am on the 18th. We receive hearty London welcome at Heathrow.
Our new London home base was Gay Christie’s flat in Chelsea, just across the street from Stamford Bridge, home of the Chelsea Football Club. It was a great location, surrounded by delicious restaurants (Meaghan’s was a treat), shopping and a quick tube ride to the heart of London.
Upon arrival in London, we had a delicious breakfast of avocado toast at Meaghan’s and then laid down for a much-needed nap…Then we were off to explore the City with Nick and his – now our new – friend Ross.
Established, approximately, in 1890, Gordon’s is widely considered to be the oldest wine bar in London, and has been frequented by the likes of G. K. Chesterton and Rudyard Kipling. The cave seats behind bars are the best seats in the house.
From there it was time to see the Lights of London!
The Lights of London – click below to enlarge the pictures
The Microsoft McLaren experience in downtown London let us drive a virtual race in a real McLaren. Mary Lynn may have outdriven Tim…but who’s counting?
At the end of the day, the only place open for food in the neighborhood was the unexpected: Southern American BBQ cooked by Polish immigrants in ugly Christmas sweaters.