Our Swedish winner, Hanna Ullerstam, from the My Own London competition we had last year, tells us about her weekend in London:
In the beginning of spring 2009 I was contacted by VisitBritain and told that I had won a weekend in London for two. Of course I got really excited! I got to pick a weekend whenever I wanted and so because my summer was already booked, we decided on a weekend in the beginning of September. And since the beginning of autumn in London usually is warm and pleasant this was also a good choice. My travel friend changed from my boyfriend to my mother when my boyfriend got a job offer he couldn’t refuse. And this was also good in one way, you see my mother was together with an Englishman in her youth when she was 15 to 25 so she kind of knows London inside and out. Still. Because even if time has changed, London has also changed, but yet not. A lot of things stay the same. The good stuff stays the same.
So it was on the morning on Friday the 18th of September when we left Stockholm for London with British Airways. The prize included the flight, an Oyster card for the subway, hotel and a London pass that gives you entrance to a lot of exciting attractions in London. We landed safely after a pleasant journey and went to our hotel. We lived in the middle of everything at the Radisson Edwardian Mountbatten Hotel which was close to Covent garden. After quickly unpacking and taking a shower we hit the city. We had a walk to Covent Garden and looked at all the street performers that crowded the streets; magicians, jugglers and comedians. The evening was sunny and warm, and life felt just great! Then we went to an English pub at “The Strand” where we enjoyed fish and chips and a large beer. Compared to the fish and chips you get at the English coasts this was nothing, but compared to the Swedish fish and chips, this was heaven! Then we decided to see a play. I work as an actress in Sweden and my mother is really interested in the theatre as well, so where should we go to see a play if not in London! We decided to see “Speaking in tongues” at the Duke of York Theatre. We decided to go directly to the theatre to try to get cheap seats, and we got lucky. Really cheap seats in the 4th row. The play was so good, with brilliant actors! After this we went back to the hotel and slept like babies…
Tomorrow you can read the rest of Hanna’s story about her trip to London.
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– Hanne –