Cannes/London 2013: Monday, May 27th


Goodbye for now!


At the airport in Nice, France.

Au revoir, Cannes — Hello, London!

Today was, as you can image, a bit exhausting — flying from Cannes via Brussels to London. I enjoyed seeing the Belgium landscape from the sky — all the little houses and even an old castle-like estate. The airport in Brussels however was a real pain! So I was quite happy when I arrived at Heathrow.

I took the Heathrow Express into town, which was so easy, and a taxi from Paddington Station (so I wouldn’t have to schlep my enormous suitcase around) to Russell Square. The taxi driver was so friendly and even talked with me about David Bowie! Plus, he had a super cool turquoise cab. 🙂


Inside Paddington Station.


Love those classic British taxis!

After getting settled at the hotel, I explored Russell Square. The green square is quite beautiful, the British Museum is right on the other side, and the tube station is very convenient.


The Hotel Russell.


Can I stay here next time?


Now I feel like a tourist.


Beautiful Russell Square.


More Russell Square.


Statue of Francis Russell, Duke of Bedford.


Detail of the Hotel Russell.


Now I really feel like a tourist.


Russell Station.

At 8 p.m., Simon ( and co. picked me up at my hotel to take me to some local pubs and tell me the history of the city I would otherwise never hear. They were all so friendly, patient, and knowledgable. And I had a truly wonderful time with them!!

Thankfully, we didn’t stay out too late because I have quite a busy (but exciting) day tomorrow.


After my trip, Simon sent me an incredibly detailed account of everything we saw and did. Many many many thanks to Simon!!

1) The Newman Arms as featured in Michael Powel’s film Peeping Tom was the pub with the passage down the side that was shut. That was in Fitzrovia named after the Duke of Fitzroy, one of Charles II’s illegitimate offspring.

2) Then, we crossed Oxford Street into Soho, visited Soho Square with the statue of Charles II and the Huguenot Church. Mary Seacole lived there.

3) Garlic and Shots was the place in Frith Street where we had the honey and garlic vodka.

4) Upstairs at The French House was where we had the pastis (the French substitute for Absinth). Favourite pub of Robert Plant, but also loved by Oliver Reed, Guns N’ Roses and Aleister Crowley.


Inside The French House.

5) The Coach and Horses was the traditional British pub much loved by journos, Sean Bean and Tom Baker that was recreated on stage for the play Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell.


Inside The Coach and Horses.

6) Then, we took a walk through Chinatown.

7) Then, we visited De Hems Dutch Cafe Bar, where I had the strawberry beer Fruli from Belgium.

8) Then, on our way up Dean Street, we passed Quo Vadis the exclusive restaurant in the building where Karl Marx lived when he was in London.


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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


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

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