I had to go to London yesterday. Woke up at 4.30am to get the train from Edinburgh for 6.20. Managed to navigate the tube system from Kings Cross whilst carrying a large item, but it was fine. I like the Underground - I love the tiling and all the symbols. Some platforms are better-looking than others. I kept thinking of Peter Ackroyd's "London Under". Anyway - the place I had to go was 5 minutes away from Trafalgar Square so once I'd run my errand I was free to be a tourist for a few hours. Went to The National Gallery then had an all-day veggie breakfast and a beautiful cup of tea at a nearby greasy spoon. Made my way back to Kings Cross for my 4pm train. I know London's got a reputation for being a bit unfriendly and intimidating, but everyone I spoke to was lovely and helpful. Even the woman on the busy tube train I poked with my sharp cardboard bag. My theory is that London's one of those places that enhances your state of mind. If you feel isolated and a bit lonely, London enhances that. If you feel upbeat and adventurous, then you're in the best place. Anyway - I had a good time and felt like sharing. Thanks, London.