London Adventures Photo Blog Part 2 by Sandra

New Years Day after our bucks fizz & bacon butties we had a wander around the Paddington area & went to have a look at Rembrandt Gardens where I had prebooked a mooring spot or next week.

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On Friday I caught up properly with Kate for a coffee. Kate has a winter mooring in Paddington so knows the area really well. I spent the weekend chilling & catching up on admin but finished it on Sunday evening at the cinema with Kate watching the Stephen Hawkings film.

Monday I moved the boat down to Rembrandt Gardens at Little Venice. This was a new pre bookable mooring scheme & we were the very first boat on it. Such a fabulous idea for boaters like me who are uncertain of coming into London due to the lack of moorings. The gardens although small meant a much better mooring location or the boyz as at least we had a small bit of greenery by the boat. The moorings were in such a fabulous location we were really excited to be there for the week.

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Tuesday saw me off to London Zoo as Kathryn had kindly arranged a ticket for me, I knew the zoo was alongside the canal so I walked up the towpath of the Regents canal. But what was totally amazing was all of sudden the zoo animals were on either side of you. I was just mesmerised to see hunting dogs running (inside their enclosure) up the far side of the canal & was busy taking a photo when all of a sudden next to me I noticed I was being watched by a huge crane inside the wonderful Snowdon aviary which partly goes over the canal. Unfortunately I don’t have time this visit but at some point I will have to come back & cruise  this section.

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I met up with Kathryn who signed me in & then I had a wonderful day exploring the zoo at my leisure. Here’s a small handful of my photos of the amazing animals.

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In the evening I went to a very unusual film club in an unusual venue with Heather another lady boater I’d met out on the cut. Sands Film Club. We had a quick drink in a lovely old pub called The Mayflower first before seeing an old black & white film based around  a nurse in the war. The cinema setup was really unusual with old armchairs as seats

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Wednesday it was off to see my first big West End show – Lion King. It was amazing especially the costumes. I’d recommend this to anyone.

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Whilst I was there I am sure the boyz will have gone loopy as Uncle Alan arrived at the boat with cousin Jake. Once he’d settled them all he came over to meet me at Covent garden for drinks & a meal. We had an aborted visit to the cocktail bar there that is down the old stairs where the public toilets used to be as we decided it was decidedly dodgy & expensive – it was the description of their equivalent of afternoon tea – or afternoon tease that made the penny drop with us. We went into a Bella Italia instead much safer!!

The next day Alan was off early to get a museum fix at The Science Museum & I dog sat & then met up after lunch with both Alan & Helen Marie to do the new glass walkway to Tower Bridge. The glass bit of the walkway isn’t huge & you can walk round it but us height addicts had great fun waking across the glass whilst cars & boats were going underneath.

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And here’s a video of The Tower Glass Walkway

We all had tea together near London Bridge afterwards.

Friday Alan went off for another museum fix at The Natural History Museum whilst I waited in for a chap who was repairing my shower. Unfortunately he couldn’t park anywhere so we re-arranged for Sunday instead. After doing the triple dog walking challenge I strolled across Regents Park & met Alan at Camden market. I managed to have a much more extensive look round this time including a visit into one of the most amazing shops I’ve ever been in – CyberDog. Cyberdog is a trance music and cyber clothing/accessory retail chain, headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It specialises in bright fluorescent dance clothing, often featuring electronic components such as flashing lights. They also specialise in rave accessories such as glowsticks and UV-fluorescent items.Cyberdog was founded by fashion designer Terry Davy and business manager Spiros Vlahos; the two are partners in life as well as in business. They began with a small stall inCamden Market in 1994, mostly selling goa trance items and designer clothing created by Davy. The couple’s pet chihuahua, “Chichi the Cyberdog”, inspired the name of their store and was featured as part of its brand image.

In the evening we went for a couple of drinks in Camden town then to the wonderful floating Chinese restaurant Feng Shang on the Regents canal

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Saturday I was up early as I was off on a Spice walk & Alan was on morning doggie duty. I was walking from London Bridge along the Thames to The Thames Barrier. Good job I got there 40 mins early as it took me nearly 40 mins to find the meet point at London Bridge. It was a bit mixed weather in the morning but brightened up in the afternoon. The walk included a  quick boat trip across the river, a lunch stop at Canary Wharf then on past Excel & the super yacht hotel (if I ever win the lottery!!), a very windy walk across the pontoon bridge finally finishing at the park across from the Thames Barrier.

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Alan had been down to Greenwich so we both caught the DLR up to Stratford & went out to a very tasty & unusual Mexican street food restaurant.

Sunday we bid farewell to Alan & Jake as they headed back up to Sheffield. The shower was fixed so we now have a shower that doesn’t jam on plus a problem on my ever failing horn was fixed with a  squirt of WD40. Think I’m going to try squirting everything that breaks with that it seems to sort out all sorts.

Sunday afternoon I dashed across London for  a quick drink with Kati & Phil who were down visiting the boat show & then in the evening went off with Kate & some of the London boaters to see The Angry Boater comedy Show with the lovely Joel Saunders. Find out here about The Angry Boater. I’d hugely recommend his show for boaters & non boaters alike

And so in a blur of fun laughter & adventures our week long mooring at Little Venice was over. Tomorrow we start cruising again which could be fun as the weather is forecast as windy. I’ll let the boyz have their blog back then as you discover how we fare through the elements

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