London Calling – Day One – Arriving into London during a tube strike!

I recently got back from a trip to London with my boyfriend and originally we were going for maybe 2 or 3 days as I’ve been to London countless times before (and it is so expensive!) … but after discovering my boyfriend had never been, we decided to make a holiday of it and get as much done as possible! Having prepurchased our visitor Oyster cards and loaded them with credit as well as prebooking all the activities we planned to do in London we were all set.

(An Oyster card is a pay as you go travel card for use in London, the visitor card is easier to get than a normal oyster – as far as I am aware – and gives the user some discounts, it also makes a nice momento as its a plastic card.)


The initial reason for our trip was to go to Hyper Japan. I went last year and had such a great time. It’s a big convention focusing on all aspects of Japanese culture, traditional and modern with guest performers from J-pop artists to martial arts masters to technology showcases. I’ll cover this years Hyper Japan later in this series of posts 😀

Now as our time was fairly limited I made countless versions of thorough plans…

Of course, things didn’t go exactly to plan and a tube strike on the day we arrived (the biggest in 13 years) really didn’t help things!

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