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The Tomato does London - IgoUgo Get-together 2005

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A November 2005 trip to London by jaybroek

Science Museum Photo, London, England More Photos
Quote: And so to London. The Blonde was looking forward to the London Eye and putting in her side of the story after starring in so many journals, while the Tomato just wanted to walk. And stare at people.

The Tomato does London - IgoUgo Get-together 2005

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London giveaway Photo, London, England
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There is something decidedly odd about meeting strangers that you know. It's like chatting to a celebrity, but without the bodyguards and the discovery that they’re shorter in real life. With IgoUgo members, there’s the shared passion that serves as the perfect ice breaker–-I wouldn't get that with common-or-garden celebrities (except maybe John Malkovich). Of course, I had to bring the Blonde and the Tomato, if only to prove I hadn't made them up and been photographing any old gorgeous mother and baby loitering around Provence. The Blonde had been hankering after a trip on the London Eye for some time, and an opportunity to ride for free was not going to be passed over. Quickly establishing its...Read More

The London Eye

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The London Eye Photo, London, England
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Having missed the IgoUgo opening night extravaganza, we arrived at the London Eye full of perky enthusiasm to find a clutch of people I vaguely recognized, trying to look unrecognizable in an array of hats and sunglasses. It was clear that the excitement of the previous evening had got to a number of the party, and they were not all as pleased to meet the Tomato as he was expecting. He has a method for dealing with this, however, and Mutt was on the receiving end of two days of particularly hard stares. To build up anticipation for what was to come, our ‘flight’ was delayed long enough for a few hangovers to wear off and for the cheeky one to work his grubby magic on a number of the party. When ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 22, 2005

The London Eye
South Bank of the River Thames
London, England SE1 9TA
+44 (870) 500 0600

Dennis Severs' House

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Dennis Severs' House Photo, London, England
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I like to think I was ‘fashionably late’ for my appointment at the Dennis Severs house. Michael, apron-wearing curator (for want of a more appropriate word – which it certainly needs) seemed to regard it as a sensible move, pointedly informing me that I would have the best of the house by touring alone. It’s an art thing. Since acquiring the house in Folgate Street in the 1970s, Dennis Severs did the exact opposite of all those who surrounded him; scorning modern amenities, he took the house backwards to the time of its construction. Along the way, he invented a family of Huguenot weavers to share the property with him and created a unique piece of living art that he shared with visitors....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 22, 2005

Dennis Severs' House
18 Folgate Street
London, England

Science Museum

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Science Museum Photo, London, England
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Knightsbridge and South Kensington are home to some serious wealth. Here you will find the swankiest hotels and the chicest boutiques; pavements crammed with Ladies who Lunch; and credit card wielding heirs and heiresses. This is the home of Harrods (worth it for the refinement and artistry of the Food Halls, if nothing else) and the shopping mecca that is ‘Harvey Nicks’ dahhhling. The importance of this place was brought home by an excited teen at Hyde Park tube station, demanding of me in a shrill voice set at almost inaudible pitch, ‘Which way to Harvey Nicks!!!’ (I pointed in vaguely the right direction, in case you’re interested). Set in the midst of all this consumption are, to my m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 22, 2005

Science Museum
Exhibition Road
South Kensington, London SW7 2DD
+44 870 870 4868

Some house on the Park Photo, London, England
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The boy is on the verge of walking. He is very enthusiastic about practising and regards time spent in car seats and buggies to be valuable training time wasted. What little patience he has was used up on the train journey to and from the city, so the Blonde and I decided that some family time in one of London’s parks was just the ticket. What we didn’t anticipate was that five intrepid travel writers would tag along too. The Tomato’s powers know no bounds. St James’s Park is the first of three parks that cut a green swathe across the heart of west-central London in close proximity to a wealth of famous landmarks. We strolled across Westminster Bridge and through Parliament Square, nary giving t...Read More