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Another night in London!

Saturday, 10 September, 2005 & Sunday, 11 September, 2005

Saturday was spent walking around Trafalgar Square, London's Westminster area, and a few other places... it was then over to the oldest gay bar in London, I forget the name - it was just another average pub, to meet up with a friend of Dave's, then off to change to go out that evening to Club XXL, a huge bear bar near London Bridge station. The bar layout was spiffy, but within an hour, the music was turned up so loud in two of the four sections that I thought my ears would bleed and in the non-noisy sections, including outdoor patio, were so packed with men that it simply wasn't any fun -- it was too hot and crowded.

Dave and I headed back to the hotel early and crashed. On Sunday, we spent most of the day inside, resting up from all the walking and partying we had done! Our legs and feet were quite sore! We headed out slightly early for the train to take us up north to Nottingham! This afternoon, I was introduced to a new food, PASTYS! (photo on the right) A pasty is diced beef chunks (or mince meat) and vegetable in a gravy or sauce, wrapped in pastry and baked. It's a meat pie on the go (similar to a "hot pocket"), but here in London, even the worst pasty I had in London was far better than the best hot pocket I ever ate stateside!

Following our nearly two hour, high speed train ride up the to the Midland, we hailed a taxi to bring us to Dave's country cottage! Let me be clear, this is not your typical one or two room cottage! It was huge, with a beautiful garden! It was close to 22:00, and we were not completely ready for bed -- so we took Dave's car to a local pub for a few pints of bitter. I go to try "Old Speckled Hen", proper "Bass" from a cask, as well as a few half pints of other things before it was last orders.



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peophi
Sep. 27th, 2005 06:12 pm (UTC)
Oh I wish I was back in England. I had the most fun there :) You are so lucky :)
mc4bbs
Sep. 27th, 2005 10:50 pm (UTC)

Oh I wish I was back in England. I had the most fun there :) You are so lucky :)

I really DIDN'T want to come home...

bigmacbear
Sep. 27th, 2005 10:19 pm (UTC)
Pity you didn't find XXL as enjoyable as gmjambear and I did when we were there in 2003. It was crowded, true, but I thought the patio was quite nice and Gary liked the dark area. ;-)

Oh, and the other pub was most likely the King's Arms (it's in Oxford Circus). We visited there briefly before turning to XXL also.
mc4bbs
Sep. 27th, 2005 10:42 pm (UTC)

Pity you didn't find XXL as enjoyable as [info]gmjambear and I did when we were there in 2003. It was crowded, true, but I thought the patio was quite nice and Gary liked the dark area. ;-)

Perhaps changes have been made since 2003? The place was VERY packed, and the dark area is at the end of dance floor #2 and was bloody loud. Very annoying. It was way over capasity, and the outdoor area was nothing but elbows in your gut. I much more enjoyed my return trip the following Sunday afternoon for the Bear BBQ, to be posted about soon.

As for dark room activities, the Hoist was a HUGE dark room in itself!

Oh, and the other pub was most likely the King's Arms (it's in Oxford Circus). We visited there briefly before turning to XXL also.

Nope -- We went to the King's Arms almost every night as the starting pub, I had quite a bit of fun there -- this one was the oldest gay bar in London, and was near Earl's Court tube station.

bigmacbear
Sep. 28th, 2005 01:35 am (UTC)
Perhaps changes have been made since 2003?

After looking at the pictures, I got the impression the size of the crowds this year are a LOT bigger than they were when we visited (unfortunately the size of the club is fixed).
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