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24 September 2019 - The journey begins

Zürich to London for an overnight stay


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Our adventure begins.

Checking in, we discovered that we've been upgraded to Business Class for this short leg of our journey. A pleasant surprise which means we can skip the queues at Zürich airport, albeit very small queues. Debbie’s never flown Business Class before and keeps grinning at the thought.

A quick visit to the lounge provides us with our second breakfast of the day and a third soon follows on the plane! We promise that this blog's focus won't purely be the food, but if you know us well, you know it will play a major part. Debbie’s still grinning at being in Business Class and Pete smiles – he knows that grin will be even wider on tomorrow’s flight.

Off the plane and we dump our bags at the hotel, a convenient 5 minutes walk from London City airport, the DLR (Docklands Light Railway) or the Tube.

By the time we're in the centre of London it must be time for lunch (sorry, clearly we lied!) and we're lucky with the weather so we're able to eat and people-watch in the fresh air. Well, if you can call the air in London fresh.

Exhibition Road - we ask ourselves 'Why have we never walked along here before?' - full of museums. Today we decide on the Science Museum but we also fancy the Natural History Museum. Next time, maybe.

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The Science Museum surprises and delights us. Honestly, we could spend days in there, and not only because it's a confusing maze with a map that doesn't aid navigation. It's spread over several floors and after a quick scan of the map we choose just a few of the many galleries to visit - space travel, autonomous vehicles, climate change, and 20th century scientific developments. Amazing. Who knew there’s even a Grand Prix for driver-less racing cars?

We manage to dodge most of the heavy downpours while we're in there but just as we've leaving we notice that all the passers-by have their brollies up so we duck back in and visit the cafe for some light refreshments, which include a piece of MIllionaire's Shortbread to share. It’s one of Pete's favourites, but this one’s a bit more of a Pauper’s Shortbread – not much base, caramel or chocolate. Never mind, the sugar hits the spot and, by the time we head back outside, the rain has stopped.

Harrods is next, just looking not spending – we’ll do enough of that once we’re in the USA.

We are fortunate that we stumble across ‘The Enterprise’ – not for more space travel but for dinner. Delicious food and friendly service in a smart and popular gastro pub.

It’s a big day tomorrow so we head back on the DLR for an early night.

Posted by HurstStone 15:20 Archived in United Kingdom

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