Main purpose: Linux Expo; catch the retro. before it finishes on the 4th.
With a One-Day All-Zone Travelcard from the ticket machine (£15.30, paying via Switch again), and with a new timetable (valid from 28th May), I caught the stopping train to Kings Cross at 09:31 (due in 10:33). I'd just missed the fast 09:15 one. Curses: I forgot my camera.
The stations down to the one before Hitchin had a new livery for signs, finally replacing the old Network South-East one: now it's white letters on dark blue with a purple stripe to the left. The train filled up at Hitchin, having been fairly empty before that.
From Kings Cross I took the Piccadilly Line to Earls Court (the train was fairly full and sometimes very full), then changed to the District Line for Olympia (taking 15 minutes - wait plus journey). The Linux Expo at Olympia Hall 2 was small but packed.
At 12:05 I caught the return train, changing at Earls Court for the District Line to Embankment. There I had to go up to the surface-level booking hall and then deep down to the Bakerloo Line for a 1-stop ride to Charing Cross, arriving at 12:40. The loos there had turnstiles (though not in use at that time) - not something I'd seen in recent years but stirring a vague memory from the 1960s.
|[Reading this in October, I suddenly realised "why?" This is the classic case of a "Tube novice" not thinking about the geography of stations, just going by the Tube map. Charing Cross and Embankment are essentially the same station as they're so close together!]|
|[See the last time I was there. An interview on The Motley Fool with the Troc's operator, John Conlan of Chorion, says they sold off the loss-making IMAX.]|
I retraced my route to Charing Cross and emerged on the centre section of Trafalgar Square, amongst tourists & pigeons. I noted the curious temporary sculpture on the long-empty pedestal.
|[BBC News article.]|
The Lord Snowdon exhibition was £4, discounted to £3 by my National Art Collections Fund membership. The pics were mainly of celebrities (art/pop/theatre...) from the 1950s to now and very striking & evocative. Quite a few have just had their life dates amended to end in "-2000"!
After seeing that exhibition, I saw some of the adjacent galleries (mainly post-WWII celebrity photos) before leaving (at 14:25). Of particular note was Polly Borland's Australians exhibition - pics of prominent Aussies in the UK. It was striking how many there were and the contribution they've made.
I turned north up Charing Cross Road to
After an exploratory stroll around, to the rear of Wyndham's Theatre, I carried on by Northern Line to Tottenham Court Road and then southwards down Charing Cross Road and then eastwards along Denmark Street.
Resuming my journey, I changed at Warren Street (15:17) for the Jubilee Line to Kings Cross and caught the 15:45 non-stop train, returning at 16:32 (with a 4-minute halt by Cambridge University Press to give way to a southbound train - this one was going on to Kings Lynn).
An overcast and warm day.