with the congestion on the M6 and around the
capital city itself. However, this time it wasn't that
bad. We set off from home at about 4.30pm, Friday,
and had a clear run all the way, arriving at our
daughter's apartment, at around 8.30pm. I wonder
if the current high cost of fuel is starting to keep
traffic off the roads?
She owns her own apartment in a pleasant location which is a couple of miles outside the town centre of Wimbledon and only a few minutes walk to an underground tube station which gives access to Central London within 30 minutes. The street is made up of what were once affluent Victorian town houses, but most have now been converted into multi-occupancy apartment buildings except for a very few, owned by families who still have the means to own this type of property in such close proximity to London. On arrival, we opened up, got ourselves settled in and then ate at one of the many food outlets down on the main road towards Central London.
The next morning, the flight from India landed a little late, but we were now together once again for the first time since Christmas. After lunch the two of them went shopping in Colliers Wood, while I remained at home with the dog watching Time Team on TV. Shopping isn't my thing. At around 6.00pm Margaret and I set off to go to the O2 Arena at Greenwich.
Our route tonight was Northern Line, via Bank, to London Bridge, change to Jubilee Line to North Greenwich. On exiting the station there, The O2 is facing you. The journey is approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.
We arrived in plenty of time for the start of the show.
The area is host to many buildings of an unusual design, and the central business district of Canary Wharf is just across the way. This is the normal location of our daughter's work, when she is home.
Canary Wharf is served by the underground station just prior to North Greenwich, and the business district is then accessed by the Docklands Light Railway from there.
After entering the "dome", there are shops and restaurants on the perimeter.
Here is a little O2 trivia from their own website:
There is parking space available for 2,200 private cars, and a seating capacity of up to 23,000. For Saturday night's show, which was an end stage event, I would estimate an audience of around half that, but every seat was taken. The arena will be known as The North Greenwich Arena for the purpose of the 2012 Olympics.
The encore was not to be missed. The O2 has been host to many high tech. rock concerts, and copes with that well. But, it needs to with the finishing act of the show which sees Peter leap onto the stage with his air guitar in the form of a garden shovel, to get the audience in a complete frenzy with his renditions from the Quo and Queen, complete with flame throwers, ticker tape explosions and pyrotechnics. The audience loved it, and it was a show not to be missed. This is a short clip of the audience during the interval, from our seats, which were right at the front. Couldn't have been better!
Sunday was a quiet day, and around lunch time we all left by car to travel to Reading for Sunday tea, before setting off home around 5.30pm.
Next week it's back to the peace and quiet of the boat!