Unfortunately I am back already. I stayed at the Morgan and really enjoyed it - i will be staying there again. I will post a hotel review sometime in the next few days. Sorry - this is long
Thursday: I arrived late due to "weather" problems or so they said. We arrived around 9:30, I quickly got off the plane and made my way to immigration - total shock. Not a single person in the queue. in fact all the immigration officers were standing around chatting. Anyway - got through quickly, got out my Oyster card and headed to the tube. I got to the Morgan before 11. My room wasn't ready yet - so I dropped my bag and started out.
I walked over to the Royal Courts of Justice and went in to check it out. The tours are only on Tuesday, but I did get to view the spectacular building and watched a brief movie on the history of the building. Then I headed over to the Transport Museum which was a big mistake. Great museum except during school break - kids everywhere. I didn't last long and decided that I was hungry and wanted to freshen up. I went to the Museum Tavern for lunch and chatted with the bartender for a bit. I then went and showered/changed and eventually met Mick in the city for a small pub crawl. We hit The Lamb in Leadenhall Market, The Counting House, The Ship and then walked across London Bridge to the Market Porter. By this time it was late so we parted ways and I took the tube back to Bloomsbury. I decided to pop into the Old Crown for a pint since they stay open until 3 and chatted with the staff I met in November.
Friday: woke up late & feeling rough - no dinner the night before and 9 pints. I missed breakfast and had to be at Waterloo by 12. There I met 2 friends and we grabbed a train to Esher to attend the races at Sandown which was a lot of fun - I had never been to jump racing before. I won in the 1st race, but not in any other. by midday I grabbed a sandwich.
We then headed back to London to meet some friends from Scotland for dinner at the Museum Tavern since a few of us were staying at the Morgan. Unfortunately, we never ate and the pints flowed. A friend that I met on my last trip randomly showed up so after the Tavern closed he & I went to the Old Crown and then dancing (it's a bad sign when I dance). He walked me home about 3:30ish.
Saturday: another rough morning since I didn't eat the previous evening. I missed breakfast again. I met Adam, Jack & Mick at the Ship & Shovel before heading off to see Watford vs Charlton - no beer for me though. it was quite fun although it was COLD! Too bad that it ended in a draw. But i had a good time.
After the match we stopped at a pub near the Market Porter for a pint and then broke up with some of us heading to the Angel area for dinner. I can't remember the name of the pub though. After dinner I was wiped out so I walked home while everyone else moved on. No beer at all for me all day.
Sunday: Finally - I had breakfast at the Morgan with my friends from Scotland. They do a nice breakfast and it's filling. From there I walked down High Holborn and made my way to Monument to do the Square Mile walk. It was very good (as long as we stayed in the sun). The guide, Graham, was excellent. After the walk I headed over to Blackfriars and onto the Victoria Embankment. I strolled up to the Savoy and then headed back to the hotel to check-in with BA. On the way I grabbed Tesco Express for lunch - cheap and quick.
After check-in - I headed to Embankment for the Westminster at War walk. It was also very good, but this group was large and we got caught up in the Kosovo celebrations in Trafalgar so it got a bit crazy and was hard to hear. This walk lasted almost 3 hours and was exhausting after my long day.
Once the walk was over I walked back to the hotel to change for dinner. I met a few friends (some regulars from TALF - Jack, Adam and Mick) plus other friends at the Lamb where we chatted, ate and drank a few pints. it was a nice ending to a quick trip.
Monday: got up early and had breakfast with friends staying at the Morgan. Then I headed out to LHR. I was going to T4 so I waited for 4 trains and none said T4, so I got on the one going to T1-3. it turns out that all trains were stopping at T4 today. Oh well. Security was a breeze - no queue. So I ended up with a lot of time on my hands for shopping. Then I chatted on the phone with a friend. Time passed quickly and it was time to go.
We were at gate 1a which was odd - you have to board a bus to get to the plane. After we all are boarded there is an announcement that the tire has a nail in it so it took an hour to be fixed and we were on out way.
Another great trip! I can't wait to come back in May.