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Day 5: Last day in London

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On the last day we only had the morning free, since at 2 we had to go to the airport. The first thing we did after breakfast and check-out was to go to an Internet cafe in front of the EarlsCourt metro stop to see what was the fastest or most economical way to go to Stansted airport.

After consulting the Internet we took the subway and went to the Twinings store (216 The Strand Street, subway: Temple) that the previous day we had found closed (closes at 5pm). The store is small but has a lot of charm and basically they sell endless varieties of tea from that brand. Miriam and I bought a few supplies and later we went to visit the City.

Twinings tea shop

And the teas you can find there.

The City is the historical center of the city. What stands out the most is St. Paul's Cathedral, the Millenium Bridge, the Tate Gallery and The Globe Theater. The Globe was the theater where Shakespeare represented his works. Obviously the original was burned in a fire in 1613, but in 1997 they inaugurated the theater more or less in its same location and respecting its original design. From May to October works are represented. When we went we were representing Romeo & Juliet, but unfortunately there was no representation on the days we had free ... it will be again.

Shakespeare's Globe

To go to Stansted airport the fastest way is the train. The Stansted Express is a train that connects the airport with Liverpool Street station every 15 minutes in a 45-minute journey. The bad thing is the price that is 18 pounds per way (they make a discount if you book it online). The cheapest option is the coach. There are several companies that take you to the airport from Victoria Station. If you book well in advance at Easybus you can find tickets from 2 pounds, although the most abundant were those of 11 pounds. National Express has tickets for £ 10.50 and finally Terravision takes you for £ 9. We finally went with Terravisión because it was the cheapest and although on the web it says it takes 75 minutes to arrive it is best to go in time because a bus leaves every 30 minutes and if it gets full you have to wait for the next one. Also, depending on the traffic, it may take longer and ours took about 90 minutes to arrive. It also has to be added that the police controls of London airports are very strict and it takes a while to pass them. Another issue to consider is where the Terravision bus stop is located. It is inside Victoria Coach Station which is at the rear of Victoria Station. The truth is that we had a hard time finding the stop and on top we had to go half running with our bags. That said, it is best to go in time to avoid possible inconvenience.

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