Chinatown is also very close to Leicester square, so we wandered around that area, did a little Asian treats shopping and souvenir shopping. This was a very interesting area, and, after seeing the Chinatown in DC, I can say that this one felt much more authentic. Almost all of the shop owners were Chinese, and there were multiple restaurants, shops, massage parlors, etc., all of them selling Asian food or goods and staffed by Chinese people (this was definitely not the case when I visited one in DC). We also found plenty to take pictures of there. On our way back to the Tube, we stopped in a few other shops and did some souvenir shopping, and then decided to visit London's M&M World, which was also nearby (and we could have 15% off our merchandise there with our London passes). However, everything was terribly expensive and the place was basically a four-level gift shop, so I didn't buy anything.
Then we headed back towards our part of London via the Underground. We decided to eat at a pub for supper, and I had an interesting sandwich--chicken breast, bacon, melted cheese, and barbecue sauce on ciabatta bread, plus fries (or, as the English call them, chips) and salad. Then we headed back to the hotel for a night of rest and relaxation before our big day tomorrow--Warwick Castle and a production of Wicked!
Things learned today:
- Instead of 'backyards' like we have, the English seem to have gardens. And most of them are very pretty.
- Unicorns are used much more in castle decor than you would expect.
- Pepperoni pizza is called "American pizza" and cheese pizza is called "Margherita pizza" here.
- British bacon is much more like ham than bacon...
- If you put the Union Jack on something, tourists will buy it.