Saturday, March 02, 2019

2019 London - Day 3

Up about 7 am, I wandered a couple blocks to Starbucks for coffee and a couple of lattes. The apartment has a kitchen. Sharon made eggs for breakfast.

The plan for the day was the Tottenham versus Arsenal Premier League game. Somehow over the years, Jack has become a Tottenham fan; I am not exactly sure how...

About 9:15 am, we headed to the Underground. At the Kingsbridge Station, we boarded a Piccadilly line train to the Green Park Station. From there, we boarded a Jubilee line train to Wembley Station.

The trip went smoother and faster than I expected. We were in the stadium early. I had bought some club level seats through StubHub. Our seats were Block 248, Row 14, Seats, 209, 210 and 211. I was impressed with the stadium. Jack said that it has been remodeled recently. We checked out the game seats and then found a table to bogart until the game started. We had a couple of adult beverages and a bite to eat before the game (pork shoulder sandwiches).

2019 - London Day 3 - Tottenham versus Arsenal2019 - London Day 3 - Tottenham versus Arsenal2019 - London Day 3 - Tottenham versus Arsenal

With Tottenham pressing most of the first half, Arsenal scored first on a long breakaway. Tottenham equalized in the second half on a penalty kick by Harry Kane. Arsenal had a penalty kick near the end of the game that the goalkeeper blocked. The final score was Tottenham 1, Arsenal 1.

With close to 80,000 people exiting the stadium, I was surprised how easily we got on the Underground. We are on the side of the stadium near the station. As a result, we got somewhat of a jump on the crowd. Just as we were boarding a train, they made an announcement that they were holding people outside the station.

From there, we took the Jubilee line back to the Waterloo station and walked to the river. We bought a couple of fast track tickets for the London Eye. Although I am not fond of heights it was a cool view of London.

2019 London - Day 3 - London Eye2019 London - Day 3 - London Eye

Afterwards, we walked across the Westminster Bridge. Boarding at the Westminster station, we took the Piccadilly Line back to Knightsbridge.

We finished the day with dinner at Dishoom Kensington. When I was in London in 1991 with Tomasin, Bachman and the Tennessee Long rifles, I had a great Indian dinner. I have been talking to Sharon for months about wanting to have some Indian food on the trip. We took an Uber to the restaurant.

It took about 30 minutes to get into the bar and then an additional 30 minutes to get a table. Although the bar service was slow, the wait was worth it. Everyone enjoyed the meal.

We grabbed an Uber back to the apartment. It turns out that several people that Jack knows are in London this week. Back at the apartment about 10 pm, Jack turned right around to meet up with Charlotte and her friends.

I finished the night trying to sort out why my Uber account stopped working. We are going to need it for the rest of the trip.

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