We had a later start this morning. At Waterloo, we noticed a new book bench, so of course we had to take our picture! At one point, we stopped to ponder something and a young man began to serenade us with James Blunt’s Beautiful. I suspect that he was quite drunk. He belonged to a pack of other young men sniggering as he belted out his lyrics. It was good fun.
We took the tube to the National Portrait Gallery, which was amazing. I never realized how much I adore portraits. In my mind, they seemed so posed, formulaic, or boring, but seeing all the different styles, people, and media gave me a sense of depth, storytelling, and variety that portraits can assume. One of my favorites was of Fiona Shaw. I just loved it!
Currently the BP Portrait Award 2014 is on display and it was an absolute madhouse in the gallery. I was feeling quite claustrophobic trying to navigate my way around. I definitely did not get to see as much as I desired and I believe that I must take another trip back, preferably not on a Saturday. A Saturday in the summer in London? It was quite crowded.
We stopped at EAT for a bite to eat. Hah! I got some chicken noodle soup because I was craving something hot. After lunch, our group dispersed. Jade and I headed back to Chinatown (we went for dinner on Wednesday). I was really happy that we got to go back because the stores and business were closed by the time we made it there last time. This time, I picked up a bag of prawn crackers to make back home. I almost bought some tapioca balls to make boba, but the queue was quite long and I passed. I’ll be back! That’s guaranteed. I need to go back to buy a bolo bao, some yau tiew (I never know how to spell that), and another milk tea. The milk tea was the best I’ve ever had. Better than Coffee or Tea and Taste Tea. Quel scandale, I know! The cheek of me to say such a bold statement, but yes, I stand by it.
We headed over to the Tate, which I also loved. London really does have a great variety of fun, free, and interesting museums to explore. I love the wide range of art the Tate offered. From time periods and styles to media and themes, there was definitely something for everyone. We did not have a lot of time, so we will definitely be back. Jade and I stopped at Marks and Spencer at Waterloo to pick up dinner and we were shocked to find that the store is closing down. Where will we shop? It’s odd to find that we got so attached in such a small amount of time. I suspect that we will get over it soon enough.
After dinner, Taylor, Laura Douglass, Jade, Paul and I headed down to the London Eye. We started with the 4D Experience, which made me weary at one point. I can only take some much light and sound. Thankfully enough, it was not too bad. Our ticket was for 9pm, but we are supposed to queue half an hour prior to our booking. We made it onto the London Eye by 8:35pm, so there wasn’t much of a wait at all. That was surprising for a Saturday in London during the Summer – to me at least! It was probably just good timing and great luck!
We took a few (or many pictures), including a few meta-pictures. That was fun! After the London Eye, we strolled down the South Bank. It was a nice ending to a busy day. I think that Jade and I walked about 17,000 steps. I just love exploring London!
I also want to point out that I finally caught up with blogging! Yay! I am current. We’ll see how well I can keep this up and until next time, stay cool, friends!