My First Solo Trip: Day 6
Today, I decided to revisit one of my favorite places from the first trip I took to London in 2015. I took the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Greenwich, which was a new experience for me; I had taken a boat cruise to and from Greenwich on my previous trip and highly recommend that mode of transport on a first visit in London. Though the DLR is similar to the tube, it’s above ground so I enjoyed getting a closer view of the Canary Wharf area, while en route.
Upon arriving, I made a quick wander through the market while trying to decide whether I should eat fish and chips or pie and mash. One of the best fish and chip locations is said to be The Golden Chippy and I was eager to try it, but I had eaten at Goddard’s at Greenwich before and I knew what I would be missing if I didn’t revisit so the pie and mash won out and I headed there to grab lunch. The steak and ale pie was as good as I remembered and a perfectly safe choice for those with a dairy allergy (like myself). If you’re not sure what to order, just ask; the employees were knowledgeable and very helpful.
After lunch, I headed over to the National Maritime Museum to check out the Emma Hamilton exhibit. I had been to the museum previously; some of my ancestor’s portraits were even on display at the museum the last time I was here. I really enjoyed learning about Emma Hamilton, someone I had no previous knowledge of, she was such a fascinating woman, who led such a tragic life. I really applaud her for working so hard to better herself and taking every opportunity that came her way. The paintings of her are also really lovely. Sadly, the exhibition is no longer on offer, but the museum website has quite a bit of information on Emma and her portraits, which are linked here.
After the museum, I spent a good amount of time just wandering around the park, village, and waterfront. The sun came out and there were a lot of locals and their pups enjoying the nice weather in the park. I’m not sure why I love Greenwich so much, but I do. Maybe it’s the blood of my sea-faring ancestors or the fact that it feels more like a village than the city of London, but it is my favorite borough of London thus far.
I took the DLR back to London and tubed back to my hotel late in the afternoon. I needed to freshen up for the evening because I planned to spend it at the theatre. On a whim, I was able to book last minute tickets to see Wicked. I’ve wanted to see it for a long time, but never was able to get tickets when it was showing at our local theater back home. By the way, if you’re looking for cheap last minute tickets, be sure to check out the TKTS website or booth in Leicester Square to see what’s on offer. Prior to the show, I had dinner at Il Posto, which was another place I had enjoyed on my previous visit. I love the sassy owner and the waiters are very helpful when suggesting dairy-free dining options. I enjoyed a glass of red wine, ate a large plate of gnocchi, and had lemon sorbet for dessert.
While I’m glad that I finally had the chance to see Wicked, I didn’t really care for the storyline itself. The set, performance, and vocals were all exceptional and I think that children would really love this musical. Maybe I was tired or just having an off night, or the fact that I went to the show alone, but I don’t think it’s something that I care to see again. In hindsight, I think I would have enjoyed seeing a comedy or Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap better. At least now I can say that I’ve seen it and check it off my list.
Do you have a favorite borough in London? How about a favorite theater experience? I'd love to hear about it!