A weekend in London with WAES

After visiting Paris in 2022, we decided to visit London this year. London. The city of red buses, black cabs, and afternoon tea. It’s a place where the old meets the new, and history merges with modernity. This summer, Martijn and Rik, the dynamic duo from WAES, decided to treat their consultant pals, Jonathan and Newton, to an unforgettable weekend in the heart of London. 

They wanted to experience this fantastic city’s vibrant and iconic aspects, from famous landmarks to hidden gems. London is only an hour’s flight from Eindhoven, it doesn’t get much easier than this. So, grab a cuppa and join us on our whirlwind adventure through the streets of London!

I have always dreamt about getting to know London.
– Jonathan de Paula

Day 1: Science Museum Shenanigans

Day 1 started at Eindhoven Airport. We passed through security, grabbed a coffee, and before we knew it, we were in the air. One hour later, we arrived in buzzing London. After a quick hop on the Tube (yes, London’s subway system), we reached our hotel.

With our bags safely stashed in our hotel room, we were off to the Science Museum. Newton, yes, named after the famous Isaac Newton, had his moment at the Science Museum. He couldn’t get enough of the interactive exhibits and vintage contraptions. We all learned a thing or two about the world of science, and it was an absolute blast.

The evening was reserved for exploring London’s pub culture. We visited various local pubs, each with its own unique charm. We were tempted to stay out late, but we were determined to start our next day fresh and ready to explore more of London. So, we called it a night.

Jonathan and Newton in the Emirates Stadium

Day 2: Market Magic and Football Frenzy!

Our day began with a proper British breakfast – the Full English. Sausages, bacon, eggs, baked beans, grilled tomatoes, and toast, all washed down with a steaming cup of coffee.

After our hearty breakfast, we strolled over to Buckingham Palace, the official residence of Her Majesty The Queen. Next on our list was the iconic Big Ben. But before we reached the grand clock tower, we made a mandatory pit stop at a classic red London phone booth for a snapshot that would make the perfect souvenir. London’s red phone booths are as much a symbol of the city as Big Ben itself.

Next up: Maltby Market. The aroma of sizzling street food wafted through the air, while we indulged in some of the best steak we’ve ever tasted. Trust us, it’s a place that’s truly heaven for foodies.

Jonathan, our football fanatic, insisted on a pilgrimage to the Emirates Stadium. Home to Arsenal Football Club. The stadium tour was fascinating, even for those of us who weren’t as football-savvy. Standing in the grandstands and imagining the roaring crowd was an experience in itself.

Living in the Netherlands, is like living in the middle of Europe. So it's easy to travel anywhere.
– Newton dos Santos

London’s nightlife is as diverse as the city itself, and when night fell on our second day, we were ready to dive into the vibrant scene of Shoreditch.

Bounce, the ping-pong spot, was an unexpected delight. We’d heard about it and decided to check it out. The moment we walked in, the electric energy hit us. Tables lined up, paddles in hand, and an atmosphere of friendly competition – it was all there. We weren’t pros, but it didn’t matter. The goal was to have fun, and fun we had!

As the night grew darker, we knew it was time to call it a night. Shoreditch had given us an evening filled with laughter and memories, and we left with smiles on our faces.

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