It is important to have some days with no plans and Tuesday was one of those. This was partly because we were knew we were taking a day-trip to Paris on Wednesday and did not want to be tired before we set out.
When we arrived here in London, I made a ‘to do’ list in my notebook. This was not an exhaustive list set in stone that we had to race through to complete. Instead, it was about keeping a record of things that were of interest to us and a reference of what we may (or may not) do. Some things have been deleted due to timing, weather or lack of interest while others have been added as we have discovered them along the way.
After a slow start to the day, we caught the train to Tower Hill station near the Tower of London. A short walk to the Tower Bridge gave us the perfect vantage point to see (and hear) the 62-gun salute fired at 1pm from Tower Wharf to celebrate Prince Charles’ birthday.
Why 62? Well, the ‘standard’ is a 21-gun salute but there are an extra 20 fired because the Tower of London is a Royal Palace and a further 21 because it is located in the City of London.
It was time for a late lunch and we found The Counting House, located in the heart of the financial district of the City. It is a former bank and now, a specialty pub. The old banking chamber has been magnificently restored. We enjoyed our meal before another short train ride to the West End.
Within a day of arriving in London we discovered that the movie, Paddington 2 was due to be released in the UK on 10th November, so I quickly added that to my ‘to do’ list. Where better than to see the film than the very city in which it is set?
Whilst we could have headed to any suburban cinema to see the film, I decided on a somewhat different experience and we went to Picturehouse Central, a short walk from Picadilly Circus. Our timing was immaculate as the next screening of Paddington 2 was in about 40 minutes. The tickets are not cheap at this location but it was worth it for the experience.
The whole ‘package’ included a downstairs coffee shop, upstairs restaurant and bar. As well as the usual offerings of popcorn and other snacks there was an opportunity to purchase unpackaged, serve yourself lollies.
A couple of views of the interior.
The lolly bar.
There were so many choices but we agreed on a selection to share. It was good to see that the containers provided were various sizes of paper cups.
Once in the cinema, there are comfortable, reclining seats.
Paddington 2 was an excellent movie and, in my opinion, almost better than the original.
A fun, impromptu day.