Our first day in London!
PUB # 1:
Ian (Fred's friend since high school who has lived in London for 12 years) took us on a tour of London. His idea of a tour of London is actually a pub tour of London. We started at a German pub where a stein is typical, and holds 2 pints of beer.
German food is great for hangovers. (We had some celebratory drinks at Ian's pub upon our arrival.)
The Old King's Head was established in 1881. Ian wasn't impressed, his pub is older.
View from the Tate.
After checking out the Tate Modern we stopped into a waterfront pub where I got a taste for Bulmer's. Bulmer's makes several ciders but I think my favorite is crushed red berries with lime.
Gordon's Wine Bar is thought to be the oldest wine bar in London, and according to their website, quite possibly the oldest wine bar in the world. http://www.gordonswinebar.com/default.php
We got a port and sat outside where signs were posted about watching your purse because pickpockets use canes to snatch them. I suppose after enough ports you become less vigilant. I didn't make it to the bottom of my port so I think I was safe. I split my port between Fred and Ian. It just isn't my thing.
We ended the afternoon at Punch and Judy where from the 2nd floor balcony we watched a street performer escape from locked chains wrapped around his body.
We stopped into a cheeseshop on the way home where we tried all the cheeses the cheesemonger had to offer.
I already miss the cheese shops. Stinky cheese is good for me. :)
Rush hour on the underground is not the best time to head home. It gets a bit tricky to make it on (with all your body parts intact).