A Happy Return – London UK

An 8pm ferry from Dublin to Holyhead England then a bus to London cost us all of 50p each through Megabus thanks to Sarah’s trusty Tesco credit card (we’ve been earning clubcard points whilst on the road). With obvious trepidation about the ferry, we’re pleasantly surprised that the interior is spacious and we manage to grab a circular booth that allows us to lie down for some much needed sleep on the four hour trip. Stena Line ferries are class, with a movie room, kid’s area, different bars and lounges and a decent restaurant with reasonable prices.

Charring Cross, London.
Charring Cross

Portobello Road.
Notting Hill

Disembarking at midnight and having to wait an hour for the bus to depart is all part of the process, so we remind ourselves it’s only cost us a quid and we’re seasoned at this kind of travel by now. Lacking any kind of resemblance to South America long haul buses, Megabus’s seats are bolt upright and packed in tight. Without allocated seating it’s a shit show for a good seat and as is the way in the UK people refuse to move their bags off secondary seats.

Hicksy!!
With Sarah’s old work mate Paul

Embankment Station, London.
Embankment

London.
London

An unscheduled change of bus in Manchester at 4am has the same process, fun. Tired, drained and in need of sleep the bus pulls into London Victoria Coach Station right on schedule at 9:30am. The week in old L-town has begun.  First of our welcoming hosts, Adam and Vanessa (aka Cottsy & Ness) live in Notting Hill just off Portobello Road, a great place to reacquaint ourselves to life in London.

Notting Hill, London.
Notting Hill

Crew.  Notting Hill, London
London fun in Notting Hill with Sarah, VJ, Jamo, Ness, Cottsy and Matt

The rest of our time in London is spent visiting the old hood of Brixton (including the carpark turned hipster haven Pop, created from none other than recycled shipping containers), drinking up the selection of craft beer on tap at The Old Red Cow (near Smithfield’s market) with old work colleagues, over in Acton with it’s local Dragonfly Brewery, up in Epping at a mates newly purchased family house under renovation and down in Streatham before a final finish with a birthday gathering at the Durell Arms pub in Fulham.

Massive!
Back in da hood

Brixton's latest Hipster Hang out.
Brixton’s new hipster hangout ‘Pop Brixton’

Old Haunt.
Back in da hood, our old street where many a memory was made

The Dragonfly Brewery
Acton’s Dragonfly brewery, found at George and Dragon pub

With a flyby week in London done it’s again an overnight bus/ferry/bus combination for a week’s tour in the Netherlands.

Thanks to everyone that put us up or helped us out in London, we’re not going to bore everyone with the details, you know who you are.

Peace and Love peeps

Punch and Judy's.  Covent Garden, London.
Covent Garden

London Transport Museum.  Covent Garden, London.
Covent Garden

The McKeons
Epping catch ups with Magster, Denny, Daz, Sarah and Matt

Old Red Cow
Pints at The Old Red Cow

We’ve got more London pics on Flickr from this trip and a couple more here.

Tips for London:

  1. By having a Tesco credit card, we’ve earned points every time we’ve used it while on the road – flights, bus tickets, shopping, tours etc. We saved over £60 by using our Tesco clubcard points to book the Megabus bus/ferry combinations from Dublin to London and London to Rotterdam. We also managed to book our hire care in Ireland using our points, saving us a further £140.
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