In our campaign ‘My Own London’, you could win a trip to London. Here, our Danish winner, Dorthe Bille, will share her weekend in London with you.
How lucky am I?
When I checked my e-mail on an ordinary Friday in April, I could not believe my luck. I had won a trip for two to London in a competition organized by Visit Britain. (so the answer must be “very lucky”). I chose to bring my husband on the trip and on the 20th of July we returned from London. Here you can read a bit about our vacation.
Must see Saatchi (Friday 17th of July)
The first thing we did after checking in to our hotel (The Grafton Hotel on Tottenham Court Road) was to find the Saatchi Gallery. If you are interested in contemporary art this is the place to be (or one of them anyway). In the evening we decided to relax and got cinema tickets for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I might have taken “relax” a bit too seriously because I must admit that I nodded of near the end of the film. It’s not a bad film, it’s just that London will drain your energy, but in a good way.
More art (Saturday 18th of July)
After eating a fabulous breakfast at the hotel we went to Tate Modern to look at some more art. After spending a few hours there our plan was to go on a boat trip – to sit and relax and just enjoy the sound of the water against the boat – but plans change.
St Paul’s Cathedral – Bring your own medal
At Tate Modern we bought at book, but not just any book. It must have been the heaviest book in the entire bookstore (“Heaven to Hell” by David Lachapelle). When we got out of the museum, we spotted St Paul’s Cathedral and decided to have a look before heading for the boat. Last time we visited London the Whispering Gallery in the cathedral was closed, but now it was open and we thought it would be fun to go up there – how hard could it be? Very hard it turns out. To get to the top of the cathedral you have to climb a bunch of shallow stairs (530 steps) and bringing a very heavy book along doesn’t make it easier. We got to the top and down again, missed the boat but it was worth it. A medal would have been nice – we felt like we had deserved one, but apparently they don’t do medals, so if you go, bring your own. After St Paul’s we deserved a break and in London the best way to enjoy a break is to find the nearest pub.
London Dungeon – If you love queuing
Feeling refreshed we went to the London Dungeon. We had never been there and thought it might be fun. After queuing for about an hour it was finally our turn to go in. Actors were dressed up and told us about London’s horrible past such as the plague, the great fire, Jack the Ripper and so on, while trying to scare us. It was good fun, but not that scary.
Waterhouse (Sunday 19th of July)
The Royal Academy of Arts was showing paintings by J.W. Waterhouse and we went to check it out. It wasn’t a very large exhibition but very interesting with some very intense paintings.
Waiting for Godot – McKellen and Stewart rules
Before leaving for London we bought tickets for Samuel Beckett’s play “Waiting for Godot” with Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart in the leads. It must be the best play I have ever seen. If you get the chance go see it, you will not regret it.
Time to go home (Monday the 20th of July)
After three wonderful days it was time to go home. We had a fabulous time and I look forward to visiting London again.