To read part 1, click here.
So where was I? Oh yes, Sahar’s sister Layla was visiting and we were hitting up a few hot spots around London.
Before I get to Saturday night, I want to show you the Elephant Parade taking over London.
To help spread the word about the endangered Asian elephants, the Elephant Family had artists and celebrities decorate 250 elephants which they’ve placed all over London from May till July. All of the elephants are being auctioned off, and the money raised will go to help save the Asian elephants and other conservation charities.
Of course most of us will just be appreciating these elephants while walking down the streets of London since we (a) don’t have the money to buy one and (b) have no where to put a decorated elephant. Instead, it’s turned into a fun game trying to find all the elephants around the city.They are just so cute placed around the city, popping up when you least expect it. And I promise I won’t be posting photos of/with all 250, but there will definitely a few more between now and when I leave next month.
Okay. On to part 2 of ‘Cause I’ll Be Dancin’…
On Saturday night, we decided to take Layla to one of my favorite spots in London, Gordon’s Wine Bar. Last time we came here (with Erin), we sat in the cellar. Now that the weather has gotten nicer, they opened up their out door seating so we grabbed a table outside. We enjoyed yummy cheeses and delicious wines for a couple hours before the patio closed at 10:30.
From there, we took tube south to Elephant & Castle where there is a little club called Ministry of Sound. Before we could go there though, we needed to make a little pit stop at Wetherspoons for some drinks. Wetherspoons has one of the cheapest food menus I’ve ever seen, and their tequila shots were only £2 each!
A little something about me…I’m not a big fan of house music. I find it ridiculously annoying and repetitive. Of course, that’s pretty much all they play at Ministry of Sound. So before we entered this place, all 5 of us wanted to be a little buzzed, hence the quantity of shots we consumed at Wetherspoons.
Anyway, now we were ready!
Now let me tell you about Ministry of Sound. This club has 4 rooms, plus a VIP room, with different DJ’s spinning in each one. It was voted one of the top 10 clubs in the world by DJ Magazine in 2009. The company that owns the club even has their own indy record label. It’s a huge club that’s packed with people from all over the world (we met one guy from Germany and two from France), all of whom pay about £15 each to get in.
I must admit, we all had a great time. Of course the tequila helped… a lot! At one point we even found ourselves dancing up on the speakers! This is definitely not the type of place I’d go on a regular basis, but if a we have visitor’s in the future who want to go, I think I’d be up for it.
The bus ride home was arguably the most entertaining part of the evening.
Night buses in London can be quite fascinating between certain hours of the night. We happened to start our journey at around 4am. As we made our way home, groups of people boarded, and the double decker was packed before we knew it. We met a group of eastern Europeans in their twenties who were trying to guess what nationality we were almost the entire ride. Soon, everyone around us was trying to guess, including the drunk 40 year old black guy sitting next to us. Yes, the night bus can be fun, as long as you’re not alone and ready for whatever may come your way.
By the time we got home that night morning it was around 5:15am, the sun was rising, birds were chirping, and we had just walked over half a mile from the tube station to my place.
All in all, I’d say the weekend was a success!
In other news…
4 Weeks until I move to Italy.
10 Weeks until I head back to the US.
Plans for after summer are set. All about it in the next post.