Ivan woke up early on October 10, 2011 and left the hostel and walked to the Apollo theatre so that he could get in line for day seats for a play called Jerusalem. He managed to get two in the front row and they were only 10 pounds which is pretty cheap considering all the rows behind are about 55 pounds and sold out for months. He came back to the hostel afterwards and he checked out. We grabbed some un-tasty baguettes from Paul Bakery and then went down to Monument station to start the Darkest London Victorian walk.
It was a really great tour with a guide who kept on pretending to be the people she was talking about and acting as if she was them talking about their life back then.
We stopped at places like Borough Market, Southwark Cathedral, Menier Chocolate Factory, Crossbones Graveyard and Red Cross Garden.
Afterwards , we got the train back to the West End and went to Nando’s for lunch. Had a red pepper dip for starters, and then Ivan had a veggie burger with ratatouille while I had a bean burger. Everything was accompanied by lashings of spicy peri peri sauce.
We still had some time to kill afterwards, so went to see a movie called ‘Midnight in Paris’. Wasn’t that good really…but we had seen most other things that were showing.
For dinner, we went to Princi and shared an Italian salad which was pretty good. Then it was on to the theatre to see the play Jerusalem.
It was a really long play – so long in fact that it had two intervals. It was an excellent play with an outstanding performance by Mark Rylance who played the lead. It was easy to see why he had won so many awards in London and on Broadway for his performance in the play. The play is about a man who’s living illegally in the forest of a mundane English town.
Afterwards we walked around to Spuntino again and had some wine with egg and soldiers, a spiced mackerel slider, and a fennel, radicchio, hazelnut and truffle vinaigrette salad. it was all really great food. Afterwards we made our way down the train station , and got the train back to Ivan’s parents house in Southend.
Source: Jerusalem photo