We spent our last full U.K. day in London. Cathryn met us at King’s Cross. While Stephen and Louise headed to Museum of London and St Bride’s, Cathryn and I wandered through character filled back streets to Leicester Square. There we checked to see what matinées were available at discount prices and decided there was nothing that could entice us to spend a hot sunny day inside, and we would go to the zoo instead.
We explored Covent Garden, where there was a man singing loudly ‘Kansas City’ from ‘Oklahoma’. As soon as we stopped to watch and listen his assistant swooped to ask us if we’d like to contribute something for the singer. We might have done, but felt we’d hardly been there long enough to enjoy the music and soon moved on. We lunched at Wahaca a Mexican restaurant Cathryn had been keen to try. Good food and a salad that included lambs lettuce and spelt.
We caught a bus towards Regent’s Park and were pleased to get a front seat upstairs. A chatty man opposite heard my accent and asked if I was Australian (!). Once I admitted to being from N.Z. he continually quizzed me about various towns and aspects of N.Z. life. I didn’t want to be rude but kept my answers very short as I would much rather have been enjoying the scenery,
The zoo had a good array of animals. Disappointingly there were no penguins in the penguin pool – maybe it was too hot for them and they’d been shifted somewhere cooler? The butterfly house was lovely, but not as good as the one at Otago Museum. We especially enjoyed seeing camels, seahorses, otters, flamingos, and an okapl.
We took a bus to King’s Cross, then a train to Hitchin, where the five of us had an excellent dinner at Just32.
‘In London something fun to do
Is visit the Regent’s Park Zoo.’