Thursday’s London Travels – The Last Full Day

I don’t want to go! I said in my previous post that I had “plenty of time” to think about the fact that I’m flying home tomorrow afternoon, but that’s no longer true because in about 12 hours, I’ll be at the airport. But as a silver lining, the trip will be much quicker because I’m starting from Earl’s Court rather than Lewisham and I also don’t have to change trains because I can take the Piccadilly line directly to Terminal 3. And of course, I’m going to home to my husband, my dog, and my house, so I’ve got all that to look forward to. And the memories of another great UK trip to tide me over…until the next one. 😀

I know I generally have a loose agenda at best for what I’m going to do on any given day on trips like this, but today I truly didn’t have one. Unless you count finishing my Wednesday blog post and finding a carrier bag big enough for that TARDIS soundtrack set as agenda items, that is. If so, I’m happy to report that I completed both!

I was thinking I would get an earlier start out of the hotel today, but I still left around midday, which worked out fine because it was rainy for a good part of the morning anyway. Thankfully, it didn’t rain the rest of the day and the sun even made a return appearance, so I was able to spend most of my time doing what I do best in London – walking! I started out with food on the brain (since I almost never have breakfast in London) and I knew where I had to go – Pizza Express. I hit Tortilla yesterday, so I couldn’t let a UK trip go by without hitting my other favorite restaurant. And, as usual, they delivered the goods! As you’ve no doubt read in this blog before, Pizza Express isn’t fancy and it is a chain, but I’ve come to really enjoy their food and it’s always a sure thing. I’ll always recommend it as a place to go for a quick, tasty meal, so take my advice and go there. Well go on – what are you waiting for??

Because I was right around the corner from Trafalgar Square again and I was walking that direction anyway, I took another stroll through it and I’m glad I did because the newest addition to the Fourth Plinth pantheon had been unveiled just a few hours earlier. I truly had no idea that was happening, else I may have tried to be there for it as the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, was there to do the unveiling. The new piece is called Really Good and it’s a giant thumbs-up (emphasis on the GIANT, especially the abnormally-long thumb), apparently designed to make it clear that “something, somewhere, is really good.” And that’s true, so I like it! I’m not sure how long each piece stays on the Fourth Plinth, but give it a look the next time you pass through Trafalgar Square.

After the Fourth Plinth, I made my way to Forbidden Planet to see if they had any geeky (ie – Doctor Who) stuff I should pick up. There are tons of great things to find there and if you’re a fan of any cult TV show or movie (Star Trek, The Walking Dead, anime, etc.), you’ll find it easy to spend a lot of time in this store. I picked up a couple issues of Doctor Who Magazine, which I don’t normally buy, but I figured I could read them while I’m in transit tomorrow. More importantly, as a purveyor of items of all shapes and sizes, I held out hope that they would have a carrier bag big enough to hold the TARDIS soundtrack set I picked up on Tuesday. And thankfully, they did! It felt a bit odd to get a giant bag for such small items, but I was just happy to have found one that worked for what I needed. I still have to lug the thing back home, but at least I can do it in a bag instead of just carrying it (which is what I had to do to get it to my hotel from Camden).

After a quick stop back at my hotel to drop the bag and Forbidden Planet goodies off (and to confirm the set would indeed fit in the bag), I spent the rest of the afternoon walking around Embankment, taking pictures, and feeling a bit like a local. I decided to pop over to Retro Bar for a quick drink in the late afternoon, which brought back happy memories of being there with various friends over the last few years. Here’s hoping I’ll get the chance to go there with some of them again in the near future!

You’ll see some familiar locations in today’s photos, but they all make me happy. 🙂

“My” Pizza Express, just across from Charing Cross Station.

Mmmmmm, pizza.

Back in the square…

…now with added thumbs-up!


The Palace Theatre, home of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I’m not a Harry Potter fan, but the theatre looks pretty cool.

I’ve run into some of this guy’s work before and was happy to find some again.

Statue of Henry Irving near the National Gallery. Irving was a Victorian stage actor.

Charing Cross Road.

Underground sign + Big Ben = pure London.

I’ve got my Eye on you!


Battle of Britain Monument.

Looking across the Thames.

Retro Bar!

A street performer in Covent Garden.

A better shot of Really Good on my way back to the hotel.

Oh fine – one more selife!

And now it’s Thursday evening, my bags are packed, and I’m about to go to sleep. Thankfully, I don’t have a 430a wakeup call like I did when I left London last time. Thanks for following along with this journey! There will be more, though I think I’ll just be traveling domestically for the rest of this year. But don’t think I’m not already thinking about my next UK trip – plans are brewing.

Stay tuned!

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Based in St. Paul, MN and love to blog about travel. Comment, follow, and join me on my journey!