Besides being a lover of London, I’m just as big a fan of Cirque du Soleil. And when I can combine this, of course, it’s totally amazing. Every other year, every time from January to March, Cirque du Soleil comes to London as the first stop in their European tour. The show is always performed in the Royal Albert Hall and not in the famous Grand Chapiteau, their own circus tent. Several times I have visited a show here. This year it was time again and they came to London with their new show Luzia. So it was time to get back here now that I have the opportunity to do so again. This year, my parents came along for the second time.
Below is a report of our great weekend in London from 17 to 20 January 2020.
Day 1: Travel to London on the Eurostar
Around half past nine we, my parents and I, left by bus to Zwolle to take the train to Rotterdam. When it arrived, it turned out that this train was not running. So the route had to be changed. Then via Schiphol to Rotterdam. After some delay due to stray sheep along the rails , arrived at Schiphol on time. There we were able to switch to Rotterdam at the IC Direct. This turned out to be a train charge. We no longer travelled in rush hour, so this only cost €1.56. Fortunately, that wasn’t so bad.
In Rotterdam on the next IC Direct stepped towards Brussels South/Midi, the departure point of the Eurostar to London.
In Brussels by the security check and passport control of both Belgium and Great Britain. There is a separate check for travellers with a passport and id card.
It’s like you’re going on a plane, just a lot less hectic.
The Eurostar didn’t go until 2.52pm, so we had over an hour left. Then enjoy a nice Belgian beer.
The boarding of the Eurostar started 20 minutes before departure, which went very pleasantly. Tried to take a picture of the front of the Eurostar, but this was not allowed by security. Should not go beyond the door of wagon 1. Why this was? I don’t know. Then take pictures in St. Louis. Pancras International Station.
The train is very comfortable and leaves nicely on time. There are still stops in Lille and Calais. After that, it quickly goes into the tunnel. The Eurostar reaches a depth of 75 meters below the bottom of the sea. Pretty impressive.
From Calais to the tunnel, it’s all barbed wire. What security. Pfff, pfff.
Personally, I expected you to sit longer in the tunnel, this was only 20 minutes.
After we got out of the tunnel, the first stop was Ebsfleet International, south of London. From there it was only a minute or 20 to St. Pancras. Where we arrived on time.
On the platform now had the opportunity to take beautiful pictures. The setting was also much more impressive. What a hugely beautiful station St. Pancras Station. What a breath of fresh air with the dreary stations in Belgium. Now we went through customs, where we weren’t checked. and we had finally arrived in London.
On to the Underground. Heading south to London Bridge on the Northern Line. Switched to the Jubilee Line to Canning Town. Here’s our hotel, the Ibis Canning Town.
is a beautiful and comfortable hotel with modern rooms and a cosy busy bar. The location is perfect, it is opposite the station for the Jubilee Line (Underground) and the DLR (Dockland Light Railway), so a perfect base.
After leaving the stuff in the hotel room, it was time for a beer. Since the hotel bar was overcrowded, it was obviously very popular with people who worked nearby, we decided to go into town.
First stop was Piccadilly Circus. At Eros up, so you have a nice view of the billboards that Piccadilly Circus is so famous for. This is actually a standard thing of mine when it’s dark, always go and look at this place first.
From Piccadilly Circus we walked towards Leicester Square and we had a bite to eat at Angus Steakhouse. Here you can eat fine at a reasonable price. We could get a table upstairs, then you are not for sale in the shop window if you get a table by the window.
After dinner, check out the Lego shop in Leicester Square. What a giant structure they have there of Big Ben, a Tube train and a 3d painting with all the famous sights of London. Great! The special thing was that we could walk in like this and that a day later there was a long line in front of the shop.
From Leicester Square continue towards Covent Garden. Let’s take a spin on the square. Then we thought it would have been beautiful. It had been a long day of travel and we went back to our hotel. Have a drink in the bar and then go to sleep.