June 12th, 2014

Kevin and Lisa

London Calling

We have bit the bullet and booked both our airline trip and post-Worldcon vacation in London for Lisa and me. We're not going to Eurocon in Dublin, but instead will stay in London for a week after the convention. This is where I cash in all of the IHG (Holiday Inn) points that I've been hoarding and chasing for the past year to stay in London hotels.

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We haven't completely made up out minds about all of the things we want to do. We're considering getting a 3-day London Pass because when you add in the cost of a 3-day Zone 1-6 Travelcard, we figure it's at least a break-even, and it saves the hassle of buying individual admissions. Also, once you've bought the pass, it's easier to say, "Let's hop on the Thames River Cruise" or "How about we pop in to the London Canal Museum" or whatever.

Items on Lisa's top list are Churchill's War Rooms, the HMS Belfast, and the London Transport Museum. After that, we'll have to have a look at what's available in the guidebook and how much energy we have. (And there are mechanical things like we'll probably have to do laundry at some point early in that period; I hope I can find a laundrette near where we are.) Besides those three core days of attraction hopping, there are other things more train-related that we might try to do on the weekend, such as the Epping Ongar Railway, the only preserved railway you can reach on the Tube.