London for Tara’s Birthday

For Tara’s birthday, we did London Tara style.  Meaning we saw a musical, ate Tex/Mex food, drank fancy cocktails, and basically did everything she wanted.  It was a lot of fun and I think she had a good birthday.

So Saturday morning, Fritz, Jeff, Tara, and I drove down to the outskirts of London and took the tube into the city.  On the way down, we bid on a hotel via Priceline and got a slick last minute deal on a hotel in Waterloo.  The first thing we did was make our way to Leicester Square to buy discounted theatre tickets.

Here I am on the Blackfriar's Bridge in London

Before the 2:30 Wicked matinee, we explored the city a bit on foot and on the Tube.  London has great public transit.  We took the Tube for two straight days.  We never felt the need to get a cab, although they were pretty cool looking.  Too bad I didn’t snap a picture of one.  Here is one that I googled.

Wicked was actually pretty good.  I’m not going to lie; I did briefly fall asleep towards the beginning, but it was probably due more to the big Italian beer I drank at lunch.  At the intermission, I got some coffee and really enjoyed the rest of the show.

After the show, we walked towards by Buckingham Palace and took some touristy photos by the gate.

Then we made our way to Tara’s favorite place in London: The Texas Embassy Cantina.

This place was pretty good.  Definitely the best Tex/Mex we’ve had since coming over to England.  We ate some good food and toasted some tequila to the birthday girl.  Next, we passed by Big Ben and some other sights on our way out to some bars.

Per Tara’s request, we scoured London to find a “bar”.  Not a pub, or a tavern, but a “bar”; which means there is not a fireplace and there is music playing.  After some trial and error and a few drinks along the way, we finally found a place that qualified.  Here are our really fancy martinis and whatnot at the “bar” we found.

The next day, we did a little more exploring.  Since we were hanging out with Tara’s friend from Texas who is an expert in art, we met her on Sunday to see some legit art.  We went to the Victoria and Albert art museum.  Here is Nyssa explaining something really interesting.  You can see how intrigued Jeff is.

After the museum, we had some lunch and headed back.  All in all, it was a great trip to London and I’m excited to go back and try it again.  Oh yea, and on the way back, we saw a Rolls-Royce.  Pretty cool

(and just so we do not confuse anyone, Tara and I do not work on cars for a living like the one shown above.  We work on jet engines)

That’s all for now.



3 thoughts on “London for Tara’s Birthday

  1. Looks like a really fun trip. Next time you are London I HIGHLY recommend the Jack the Ripper tour. It’s very cool and not at all all hokey like it would be here in the U.S. Also, make sure you get to Harrod’s. It’s easily the most amazing store in the world. I am so very jealous. Wish I had time and money to visit but thanks for letting me live vicariously through you. I hope you are both well and miss you both!

  2. Another interesting trip—I really enjoyed it. Hope you had a Great Birthday. I sent you a cardbut mailed it rather late so don’t know how long it will take to get there. I mailed Doug’s at the same time so his will probably be early !!!

  3. Sounds like an awesome trip and a great way to celebrate a birthday! So cool that y’all have the opportunity to take these great weekend trips. XO

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