Facts and figures.
Sights seen: British Museum, Kew Gardens. St. Paul’s Cathedral (in time for Sunday Mass). Hyde Park. Royal Albert Hall. Tate Modern. Hammersmith Apollo. Southbank. Regents Park. Covent Garden. Holland Park. Tower of London. Trafalgar Square. Big Ben. Marble Arch. The Burroughs. Piccadilly Circus. Leicester Square. Spitalfields. The Golden Hinde. Stag Beetles.
Distance covered: approx 60 miles.
Bridges crossed: Hammersmith, Putney, Westminster, Millennium, London, Tower.
Food and Drink: The Coach and Horses, Kew. Fuel, Covent Gardens. The Crispy Duck, Chinatown. The Slug and Lettuce, Soho. Nando’s, Southwark. The Pastry Shop, Euston Station. Various hot dogs, delicious and otherwise.
Celebrities spotted: Graham Norton, Johnny Vegas.
Has to be the Stag Beetle display at Kew Gardens. A bunch of tree trunks. Nothing else.
The Fuel balcony in Covent Garden is one heck of a cool place to be. Especially with pitchers of Long Islands.
And the Best-Burger-Ever Award goes to the Coach and Horses Hotel for a succcccculent burger and secret recipe mayo that was very memorable.
The celebs were like bookends to our visit; Graham Norton with two dogs at a Hyde Park hot dog stand by The Serpentine as we set out on a fine Saturday morning, and Johnny Vegas coming the opposite way in Euston Station as we were dashing with our bikes to get the train home to Manc.
p.s. we may have been in the presence of more celebs over the course of the weekend, but it’s fitting that I only recognised comedians.