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London

June 29, 2009

Now that we have reliable internet access, I will try to get caught up. We spent 5 days in London. We stayed at a little pub/hotel in Walworth.

The Hour Glass Hotel & Pub, Walworth, London

The Hour Glass Hotel & Pub, Walworth, London

The taxi driver asked us where we had found out about this place. Then asked if it was our first time in London. Then stated that he hoped this neighborhood wouldn’t put us off. Apparently, this is a not so nice part of town, but we found it pleasant. There are a significant number of tenement apartment buildings and it is not the posh part of town, but we felt safe and enjoyed walking around the neighborhood. We are accidental tourists who don’t care for fancy accommodations, anyway.

Front door of the Hour Glass Pub

Front door of the Hour Glass Pub

The pub was frequented by locals – old duffers and young families. It could get a little noisy, but the pub closed at 10 pm on weeknights and 11 pm on the weekend, so was peaceful enough for us to leave the windows open and get a good sleep. We woke up to the sound of pigeons cooing, a soprano doing her vocal warm ups, a Jamaican man yelling and airplanes flying over — the music of life.

Our room at the Hour Glass Hotel

Our room at the Hour Glass Hotel

This is our tiny little room. Our only complaint was the lumpy mattress, which we got used to after a couple of nights. The bathroom was down the hall and there was a shared kitchen with laundry equipment as well.

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