Planning for Blake’s London: Final(ish) Plan!

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  1. Arrive Heathrow at 5:05 p.m.
  2. Take the Heathrow Express, and then taxi to hotel.
  3. I think I may get to my hotel around 8 p.m. Hotel is near Russell Square. Check into hotel and get situated.
  4. Ask the concierge for a dinner recommendation near the hotel. Or…
  5. Simon of has kindly offered to “show [me] some of Soho’s pubs and give [me] some background on [his] home city.” So sweet! Hopefully, we’ll meet up either Monday or Thursday.

Tuesday: Special Event Day!

  1. Before 10 a.m., explore Russell Square and surrounding neighborhood.
  2. 10 a.m.: David Bowie is at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Afterwards, explore the V&A. Ask information desk about the “…four of Blake’s ‘fresco’ paintings on display permanently” as well as Arts & Crafts/William Morris and other must-sees.
  3. Lunch: The Queen’s Arms and/or the V&A Cafe.
  4. After V&A, Tate Britain: The new Blake room will open on May 6th. Ask information desk about the Pre-Raphaelites. Perhaps take a 45-minutes free collection highlights tour at 11, 12, or 3. 
  5. Leave some time to relax and possibly nap in the late afternoon.
  6. 7:30 p.m.G. E. Gallas Invited to Speak to The Blake Society! at 17 South Molton Street.

Wednesday: Touring Around!

  1. If exhausted from Tuesday, sleep in a little bit.
  2. 10 a.m.: National GalleryNational Portrait Gallery, or return to a museum from the previous day.
  3. Lunch: Eat somewhere near/in museums.
  4.  1 p.m.: Harrods Vintage Bus Tour of London with Champagne Tea at Harrods — Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, The London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, Nelson’s Column, Hyde Park, the Houses of Parliament, The Royal Albert Hall, a cruise on the River Thames, and tea/scones at Harrods (until 6 p.m.).
  5. 7/7:30 p.m.: Jack the Ripper Tour (option #1option #2, or option #3).

Thursday: Blake’s London!

  1. My friend Elena may come up from Barcelona for the day to see me! 
  2. 10 a.m.: British Museum —  Department of Prints and DrawingsAncient EgyptAncient Greece, etc.
  3. Lunch: Tea and Tattle (41 Great Russell Street) or London Review Cake Shop (14 Bury Place).
  4. Blake historical sites: (a) St. James’s Church, (b) Royal Academy New Somerset House, (c) St. Mary’s Battersea, and (d) Bunhill Fields.
  5. Either National Portrait Gallery (open to 9 p.m.) or  pubs with Simon.


  • Depart: Back to San Francisco!


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About gegallas

G. E. Gallas is a writer and illustrator best known for her graphic novel The Poet and the Flea about William Blake and her short film Death Is No Bad Friend about Robert Louis Stevenson. Originally from Washington, D. C., she spent her year abroad in Tokyo, Japan and graduated from New York University: Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a major involving cross-cultural storytelling. Last year, she attended the Cannes International Film Festival and spoke upon invitation to The Blake Society, London. This year, her illustrations were featured in Scared Stiff: Everything You Need To Know About 50 Famous Phobias. She is currently working on illustrations for Do More Good. Better. View all posts by gegallas

11 responses to “Planning for Blake’s London: Final(ish) Plan!

  • DaVida Nature Photography

    Have a great trip and a wonderful time!

  • petedavies66

    The minute you get to Heathrow go to the Underground station and get a underground prepay oyster card (tube pass). Top it up with however many days you’re here by £8.00, that’d be about right to get around zones 1-3. You’re also sensible using Heathrow Express in to town, the tube takes forever. Also, if you arrive at 5.05pm you should be at Russel Square 6.30 to 7.00pm. Enjoy!

  • petedavies66

    By the way, a london black cab from Paddington to Russel Square in the Evening rush hour will be extortionate and slow. You’d be quicker by tube, just be careful of pickpockets with lots of bags marking you out.

    • gegallas

      Thanks as always for the advice! I was thinking of getting one of those 7-day passes/visitor oyster card since I’ll only be in London for about 5 days. I’m worried I might get to Russell Square much later anyway since I’m not sure how long it will take to go through customs and get my luggage. Not only am I a bit worried about running around the tube with a big suitcase, but also at that point I might just be absolutely too exhausted to run around with a big suitcase — thus the cab idea! But if I’m feeling up to it, I’ll try the tube. 🙂 Best, G. E.

  • yizhivika

    Haha, G.E., I’m feeling breathless just looking at such a full itinerary! ;). Have a great trip, live in the moment, and I look forward to reading ‘all abaht it!’ upon your return home, take care :).

  • petedavies66

    You’re staying in a great location. Just to give you some pointers, to the North East of the square is a really boring social housing area. To the South West and a probable 15 minute walk is Soho and the true heart of London. British Museum is incredibly close to you. Have fun!

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