Considering the line of work that I am in, and the kind of person that I am, you would have thought that I would have been to the lovely city that is London plenty of times. Unfortunately you would be wrong. I went once when I was about 12 on a school trip, but all I can remember was a homeless guy talking to us, buying a line sculpture of my name, and the teacher going on about Buckingham Palace for what seemed like forever. Truth be told, I remember that day, I just really wanted to get back on the coach so I could carry on playing Pokemon Yellow.
Anyways, with my music blog Popshade I have done plenty of interviews. When I was first starting out a lovely lady called Mila Falls accepted my request to do an interview with her for the blog. It brought a lot of attention to Popshade and I was blown away by her kindness. Anyways, a few days later, I received an email from her PR lady Danielle, asking if I would do another interview with one of her other acts. Of course, I felt absolutely honored and could not refuse. Anyways, to cut a long story short, she always contacted me whenever she had a new act under my wing, asking me to do an article/interview with them, and of course, I always said yes!
In December last year, my birthday nonetheless, I received an email from Danielle, informing me that she would be throwing a fifth anniversary party at the Kensington Roof Gardens in London, and asked me if I wanted to come down and that she would put me on the guestlist. I jumped at the chance, and had been looking forward to it from that day.
Anyways, this Friday just gone (22nd Feb) me & Sarah (my beautiful girlfriend) hopped on a train to London, and had an absolutely amazing time. Here are a few of the highlights.
Okay, so when we first got off the train at St. Pancreas, we finally found the London Underground's ticket station, we had no idea what we were after, so we waited in a queue for about half an hour, to talk to possibly the most unenthusiastic bloke on the planet, who basically told us we just needed a day pass. Thanks for that mate.
Once we took a lovely packed journey on the Piccadilly line, we ended up in Kensington. Obviously the first thing to do at this moment was eat. So we both got cookies from this amazing place called "Ben's Cookies". Here are pictures of us with our cookies.
After we spent 40 minutes finding the hotel that was supposedly 3 minutes away from the Underground station, we checked in. The room was lovely. Well decorated, a massive flat-screen TV & a ton of free gifts in the bathroom. We were well chuffed.
Anyways, we wanted to go out & explore London, but realized we didn't have enough time cause I had to be at the venue at 6PM! So Sarah spent an hour getting ready, and I watched Only Fools & Horses, and Jeremy Kyle. How quintessentially British of me.
So, 5:45 PM beckoned & we was out the doors. We found the venue with ease luckily, as on our 40 minute journey earlier in the day we just so happened to walk past it.
Anyways, long story short, we got into the venue just fine. I nearly fainted when Sarah came back from the bar telling me that 14 quid had been spent on 2 cokes but, nontheless, I think the bartender summed it up best, when in a distinct Brazillian accent he said "Welcome To London".
The concert was amazing, and all the artists were enjoyable to watch & put on a great show. I had already previously interviewed all of the artists on the line-up so it was great to see them live finally!
Anyways, we got back to the hotel and then Sarah made me watch Pretty Woman in bed. Yes. Bloody Julia Roberts. Ugh. But she loves the film, so I couldn't complain. I just ate half a bag of Jelly Beans during the film to keep me happy.
SO! The following morning came, and of course, having not slept a wink cause I sleep as well on hotel beds as a vegetarian would at Birds Eye headquarters, we packed all our belongings & was out the door for 10 AM. For a 2 hour walk to the Underground that was.... Don't ask. Anyways, we were nackered, and thought we deserved a treat! So, we went to this YooMoo! Frozen Yogurt place, I had frozen yogurt like a normal person, and Sarah had a smoothie. Here we are posing with our food!
Anyways, 12 'o clock had arrived and we was finally where we wanted to be, Leicester Square! So, what's the first thing that I did? Well, I bought my mum & dad a souvenir "I love London" piggy bank, and we ran to the nearest KFC to devour some chicken. I would like to point out, that we are not in fact greedy bastards, it's just that for an extra pound we could have 4 extra pieces of chicken. So, of course, we couldn't say no!
Then, Sarah, who has been to London a few times before, took me into M&M World. All I can say, is what a fucking rip-off. I nearly fell to the bloody ground when I saw they were charging around 20 quid for a plush of a bloody chocolate thing, or 8 quid for a keyring. Nontheless, I still had to take a photo of me with the M&M guy, cause I'm a tourist, and that's what tourist's do!
Then, we ended up in Piccadilly circus, which was where I was going to meet Fabian, the owner of Bang Tidy Music, who I just so happen to write for. But first, here's a picture of Sarah looking REALLY enthusiastic next to the massive LCD screens.
Then, we ended up in some arcade thing in the area connecting Leicester Square & Piccadilly Circus. We found this amazing Japanese shop where I bought Sarah this incredibly cute Pikachu guy tote bag! Oh, and I also convinced her to use one of these crappy sticker making machines that charged me £3.60 instead of the £3.00 on the box, but nontheless, we got some really cute stickers out of it, so I don't mind.
Then, our final act in London was meeting Fabian from Bang Tidy Music, who I just so happen to write for. It was in a lovely London bar called "The Living Room" which had very reasonable prices, and a wonderful playlist blaring over the speakers. From The Script album tracks to Lilygreen & Maguire's cover of Cheryl Cole, I was very happy.
Fab arrived around 2 PM ish, and we had a chat about all things music & website related and it was great. I think I want Fab as my new best friend. Please Fab,,, Please? We had so much fun chatting to Fab, that we lost track of time & had to make our swift exit. We had half an hour to get from Piccadilly Circus to St. Pancreas, and let me tell you, with luggage that is not an easy journey. We dashed across the platforms, and made our train with 2 minutes to spare, not too shabby if I do say so myself.
As our train took us home to the lovely city of Nottingham, me and Sarah reminisced on what had been an amazing, yet incredibly varied couple of days. I had the pleasure of a rather large middle-aged man reading my issue of GQ over my shoulder, and he certainly seemed to be interested in the perfume adverts, that's all I'm sayin'.
As I was on my final bus home, completely drained of energy, and without any working headphones. I sat, and thought about how lovely this weekend & London had been. That was until 4 12 year olds at the back of the bus started blasting Lil Wayne from their shitty phone speaker, and that was a blissful reminder that I was back in Nottingham.
I had an amazing time, and I want to thank Sarah for making my trip to London that way! Cheers Darlin'!