London Day #6: Weariness, Glasgow Film Festival Launch And My Own Bed


The final day in London had arrived. I woke up at nine o’clock, packed and was all checked-out in no time. With my suitcase, laptop bag and satchel I took some last minute pictures of the area I’d spent the last few days calling my “home” (it was actually a lovely area, despite the fact an entire office block full of people had seen me naked and there was always a sense of dread coursing through my body as I walked to and from the tube station) and clambered down the escalators and onto the Northern Line.  Continue reading “London Day #6: Weariness, Glasgow Film Festival Launch And My Own Bed”

London Day #5: Wreck-It Ralph, Hot Food And Final Night Drinks

Wreck-It Ralph

Before I knew it Wednesday had arrived and I was shattered. The trip to Piccadilly Circus felt longer than usual (I may or may not have falled asleep, which was incredibly disorientating) and by the time I was in the cinema I was in need of a hot cup of tea or coffee. Luckily, there was plenty on offer, and it was fine, but nothing compared to a Starbucks. As I drunk it down and ate a couple of danish patries, I made a note in my head to visit a Starbucks later on. Continue reading “London Day #5: Wreck-It Ralph, Hot Food And Final Night Drinks”

London Day #4: Krispy Kreme Breakfast, Zero Dark Thirty And Compliments

Krispy Kreme

After a night of maniacs and nearly freezing to death, I opted to miss the first two films (one of which I’d already seen) and have an extra couple of hours in bed. It was an altogether more relaxed morning and, once I was ready, I slowly made my way across to the tube station and caught the usual mix of the Northern Line and the Piccadilly Line over to Holborn Street, where I dived into Krispy Kreme and ordered a tea and three enormous donuts, each filled with different, yet equally Continue reading “London Day #4: Krispy Kreme Breakfast, Zero Dark Thirty And Compliments”

London Day #3: Django Unchained, Obsessions And Podcast Hilarity

Rafe Spall

Day three in London kicked off in style, with a screening of Quentin Tarantino’s latest Django Unchained. While it wasn’t quite the incredible piece of filmmaking many critics – The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw, included – had made it out to be, it certainly made for entertaining viewing at nine o’clock in the morning and made up for the torturous Underground experience that proceded it. Don’t travel during rush hour. It’s a nightmare. Continue reading “London Day #3: Django Unchained, Obsessions And Podcast Hilarity”

London Day #2: Tube Ease, UK Media Showcase Kick-Off And Hunger Strikes

London Underground

Waking up on the Sunday morning was surreal. Not only was I in London, but I’d also had the best night’s sleep in weeks. I took a moment to appreciate my peaceful surroundings before I bumbled around getting ready and gathering up everything I’d need for the day ahead, which wasn’t much considering I’d be spending the vast majority of it stationed in the Apollo cinema. Continue reading “London Day #2: Tube Ease, UK Media Showcase Kick-Off And Hunger Strikes”

London Day #1 (2/2): easyHotel, Soho Delights And Amour

Curzon Soho

Upon arriving in London, I found myself in one of the busiest queues I have seen in some time waiting to pick up an Oyster card. Yes, you heard that right. Instead of diving into the nearest Starbucks I came across (and believe me, there were plenty), I decided to grab myself an Oyster card and head straight for my hotel to dump off my stuff and shower off the overlong train journey. (I honestly have no idea why I was so worried about using an Oyster card now. From the minute it Continue reading “London Day #1 (2/2): easyHotel, Soho Delights And Amour”

London Day #1 (1/2): Trains, Prospects, Apprehensions And A Numb Bum


Trains are interesting places. Not only do they present with a cocoon in which to trap yourself in for the duration of your journey, but they’re also full of oddball characters – from a rather attractive man wearing a striped jumper to a questionable short- skirt-wearing middle-aged woman who clearly needs to re-evaluate her wardrobe choice on a Saturday morning – all going about their everyday lives. Continue reading “London Day #1 (1/2): Trains, Prospects, Apprehensions And A Numb Bum”