Section Two— A Night on the Town!
Here’s our photo/video evidence & anecdotes for Section Two of the Paperchase!
These are all the amazing people and picturesque places we discovered while wandering around London.
Question 1: Tips on Cool Places to Go in Each Category
Restaurant: Hix, Launceston Place
Bar: Crazy Bear, Old Blue Last
Club: Brickhouse, Cirque, Sketch
Question 2: Perceptions on Americans and Our Culture
Although 4:00 AM in a McDonald’s in Chinatown seems like a weird setting for a thoughtful, cultural exploration, I (Jill) found that sometimes weird works out amazingly. We went to McDonald’s for some post-karaoke Happy Meals Saturday night, where I ended up talking to the Irish gentleman sitting next to me named Kevin—Jenna managed to get him in a candid photo in the third row on the right. We started off with small talk, but once he found out that I was from New York City*, he had a million questions; likewise, when I found out he was Irish (the accent was a dead giveaway, of course), I had a million for him. The most valuable insight that I got from him that night was that he assumed that because I had grown up with the city he, personally, calls the “greatest in the world,” he thought I would automatically deem everything else lame in comparison. He was under the impression that Americans in general whiten their teeth and are born with straight teeth—which I thought was hilarious—and seemed surprised when he realized I didn’t color my hair (because that’s a Yank thing to do, apparently) and knew about the Blarney Stone (because why would an American know about that?). Overall, it seemed like he was under the impression that Americans in general lived a larger-than-life, image-driven lives and are terrible at geography. The generalizations were, as all are, rooted in some truth, but I think after our conversation, he learned that we’re not all the same.
Question 3: Best Places to Visit Around the UK and Europe
- Manchester: We were told that this area is know for its rich culture, music scene, and sports. They also said it had a youthful urban vibe.
- Brighton: A great place to get away from the city and enjoy the water on a nice sunny day. There are tons of restaurants, bars and night clubs and its less than an hour from London. She also said to be careful that we don’t end up at a nudist beach (unless we wanted too).
- Oxford: We were told to visit here to see the college, talk to the locals and sightsee.
- Cambridge: While in Cambridge we were told to see the school and catch a sports game.
- Scotland: Accessible Royalty, Whisky, Music and Nightlife, The Countryside and Sightseeing are the top five reasons we should visit Scotland.
- Wales: Mountains, Beaches, Wildlife, Castles, Nightlife and for Jill the Site of Doctor Who are what makes Wales one of the best places to visit.
- Mediterranean Area: Crystal blue water and delicious food along with some of the most historical sites on the planet make The Mediterranean is a favorite holiday spot.
- France: France is more than just Paris, you have to check out the markets, the South of France, Macaroons, the culture, the rose wine and most of all the outdoor cafes. France was one of his personal favorite places to escape to.
- Germany: When in Germany, have some food and grab a beer, but don’t forget to visit the World War II museums and memorials. After Rowley told us about his visit there we were eager to go. Especially Jenna who holds a strong personal connection to the World War II Concentration Camp Memorials.
Tiger Tiger Haymarket is a bar, club and restaurant located in the heart of the West End. They are known for having a wide range of entertainment and food. Inside there are five different areas to relax, have a drink or party. It has a room to suit everyone’s taste. We went to the Tiger Bar, which played pop and dance songs and had a dark woody yet modern theme.
Jill and Jenna had a great time drinking and dancing while mingling with the locals.
Here’s a video Jill shot at Yo Sushi! when she and Jenna went out to eat for the Paperchase! Yum!
The Brickhouse is a Superclub and Events Venue hidden in the heart of Shoreditch on the world famous Brick Lane. It is a hidden gem within the area. The Brickhouse has the feel of a 1930s Supperclub with a modern and contemporary twist. They have live cabaret every night ranging from circus acts, to live music, and aerial stunts to neo-burlesque. Every show is a sight to see.
The show we saw was a group from Seattle, Washington who performed a sexy “Boylesque” about superheroes out to destroy a villainous vixen. As the clothes came off the more comedic the show got. It was filled with striptease, acrobatic dance, comedy and live vocals. The show entitled “Wham! Bam! Kaboom!” caught our attention the entire time.
After the show ended the floor opened up and the DJ came on. They played songs of the past decades and today. Jill and I even danced with one of the burlesque dancers (as seen above—we really tried!). We had a great time and are sure we will return for another show and dance.
Section One — Around London
Here’s our photo evidence & conclusions for Section One of the Paperchase!
When we arrived at the Piccadilly tube stop, we took at photo at the London Underground Station to mark the start of our adventure. As we walked out of the station we were greeted by the bustling Piccadilly Circus and the winged Eros with bow and arrow in hand. Behind Eros is an advertisement display (much like a mini-Times Square). Off to the side is a ticker display that tells readers the time, local weather, and news.
Jindalle Restaurant is located on Panton Street near Leicester Square. They offer authentic Korean cuisine at an unbelievably reasonably price. Being the best value on the block, they offer lunch deals starting at £3.90 and a three course dinner for only £6.90. How can you beat prices like that for authentic food?
There are many different venues to check out a movie in and around Leicester Square.
The Prince Charles Cinema on Leicester Place is a great value, selling tickets around £10. While they do offer new releases, PCC offers many showings of older movies, often with themes/accompanying events like Pixar movie showings, Quote-Alongs, Sing-Alongs, the entire Die Hard Trilogy, etc.
The Vue and Odeen cinemas offer new release movies with student ticket prices from £13 to £15, with upgrades naturally being more costly.
When we got to the National Portrait Gallery, we surved a few staff members to find out what they thought was the museum’s most prized possession. Two paintings really stuck out in their minds: The Coronation painting of Queen Elizabeth I and a portrait of William Shakespeare (which they believe is the most accurate visual depiction of the author/playwright).
We continued on the the main steps of the National Gallery to discover that they looked over Trafalgar Square.
There were tons of people in the square on this day so grabbing someone to take a picture was easy. The bottom right photo is the two of us being incredibly photogenic on the steps leading to the Square.