Europe: London, Day 2

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London, Day 2

After a surprisingly jet-lag-free sleep thanks to Brewdog, I was up at a reasonable hour. I decided to follow the Thames from Limehouse to the city. Theoretically, one can follow the London Thames Walk, but between closed gates and a wandering path, it’s better to just follow the road closest to the shore of the river for most of it. I ended up near Tower Bridge, which I then crossed to head toward my ultimate destination for the morning, The Kernel Brewery (

The Kernel is a small microbrewery that is based from a railway archway on the south side of the city, near Bermondsey Tube station. Filling spaces roughly between Tower Bridge and Bermondsey, the arches are filled with small artisanal shops selling everything from baked goods, cheeses, and meats, to of course, beer.

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The Kernel Brewery

I had an excellent imperial brown stout at the brewery itself, which I had first visited about a year ago when they were in a smaller location a few blocks away. After buying a couple of bottles to take with me to Paris, it was time to head to St Pancras Station station to meet some friends at Euston Tap (, a new beer bar just outside the station. They have a nice selection of beers from the UK and the rest of Europe, plus the United States.

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Euston Tap

After a couple of beers, I headed toward St. Pancras station to collect my Eurostar ticket for the next day’s journey to Paris. The British Library was on the way, so I stopped in for a bit. Unfortunately, I seemed to have just missed seeing the original manuscript scroll of On The Road, but the main exhibition room still had some interesting historical items.

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My favorite exhibits were some original Beatles lyrics, including the lyrics for “Help!”, “Yesterday”, “A Hard Day’s Night,” which John Lennon wrote on the back of a birthday card to his son Julian.

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Original Beatles Lyrics

Oh, and there’s also a copy of the Magna Carta from 1215. Perhaps King John should have written some decent songs if he wanted to get first billing.

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Magna Carta

After getting my Eurostar ticket, I went to King’s Cross station next door to see the revitalized building, which includes Platform 9 3/4 from Harry Potter. I had been to King’s Cross about 10 years ago, and at the time the sign was off in a side hall with very few people venturing to see it. Now it’s right in the middle of the station, and also has a Harry Potter merchandise store right next to it.

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Platform 9 3/4

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Harry Potter Store Kings Cross

After walking around a while longer, it was time to meet up with my friends again, where we had an excellent dinner in Chinatown, followed by a stop at a pub. Finally, it was time to grab one of the last trains back to my hotel, so I could prepare for my adventure to Paris the next day.

More posts from this trip:

Europe 2013: And so the trip began
Europe: London, Day 1
Europe: London, Day 2
Europe: London to Paris, Day 3
Europe: Paris, Day 4
Europe: Paris, Day 5
Europe: Paris, Day 6
Europe: Paris to Nice, Day 7
Europe: Nice – Cote d’Azur, Day 8
Europe: Nice – Monaco, Day 9
Europe: Nice, and Nice to Rimini, Days 10 & 11
Europe: San Marino, Day 12
Europe: Rimini to Lake Como, Day 13
Europe: FARTing around the Alps – Locarno & Domodossola, Day 14
Europe: Como to Zurich, Day 15
Europe: Liechtenstein & so much more, Day 16
Europe: Zurich to Luxembourg to Bruges, Days 17 & 18
Europe: Bruges, Day 19
Europe: Bruges, Day 20

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Mentioned in this post
  1. London
    City in United Kingdom

    London United Kingdom
  2. Limehouse
    Attraction in United Kingdom
  3. London Thames Walk
    Hotel in Greater London United Kingdom

    91 Langthorne Street
    Greater London United Kingdom
    020 7381 0198
  4. Tower Bridge
    Attraction in London England

    London England
  5. The Kernel Brewery
    Restaurant in United Kingdom

    Dockley Road
    United Kingdom
    020 7231 4516
  6. Bermondsey
    Attraction in United Kingdom
  7. St Pancras Station
    Attraction in Gt Lon United Kingdom

    Gt Lon United Kingdom
  8. Euston Tap
    Attraction in Greater London United Kingdom

    190 Euston Road
    Greater London United Kingdom
    020 3137 8837
  9. The British Library
    Attraction in Greater London United Kingdom

    96 Euston Rd
    Greater London United Kingdom
    0843 208 1144
  10. King's Cross
    Attraction in London United Kingdom

    London United Kingdom
  11. Platform 9 3/4
    Attraction in Greater London United Kingdom

    Greater London United Kingdom
  12. Chinatown
    Attraction in Greater London United Kingdom

    Newport Pl
    Greater London United Kingdom

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