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A Trip to London, England, K-On! Style! Part IV of VI- Day Two Itinerary

Day two (March 28, 2013) is intended to hit all of the destinations that the Houkago Tea Time girls hit. We will aim to match most of the locations within the movie, but for the sake of practicality, not all locations will be replicated. The locations visited on day one by the girls will, strangely enough, be visited on the last day. For ease of access, the map may be accessed here.

Day Two Itinerary

Before breakfast, we will depart the Ibis Earl’s court and head down to the World’s End Shop (Vienenne Westwood World’s End 430 Kings Road), where the girls take their photo with a massive clock on the store’s facade. The World’s End is a district of Chelsea, London, lying at the western end of the Kings Road. Taking its name from a public house, the area became a centre for the counter-culture world of the 1960s. This continued in the late ’70s and ’80s with the opening of the boutique SEX started by Vivienne Westwood in the 1970s (which is now known as Worlds End). En route to the Troubadour Café, a host of sights in the movie may be observed, as we are travelling down the Old Brompton road, a major street in the South Kensington district of The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea lined with several 5-star hotels and upmarket shops along the road.

  • In an earlier post, I noted that some Japanese fans immediately went to London to search for the Troubadour Café and presented the owners of the establishment with a poster.

  • The whole of the second day is spent recreating, to the best of my ability, the events the girls experience, but in no particular order.

Heading back northwards, breakfast today will be had at the Troubadour Café (265 Old Brompton Road London). Established in 1954, the Troubadour Café is one of the last remaining coffee houses of its era in London, with a club room in the cellar famous as one of the primary venues of the British folk revival in the late 1950s and 1960s. The cafe offers some excellent breakfast items for a considerably lower cost than the Hotel Ibis, with items ranging from 2.75 GBP to 12.75 GBP (4.39 to 20.35 CAD). In the movie, the girls likely ordered the Eggs benedict, served with the user’s choice of ham, smoked salmon or spinach for a cost of 9.95 GBP (15.88 CAD); a hot chocolate costs 2.60 GBP (4.15 CAD).

  • The ability to understand English (or lack thereof) forms the bulk of the humour for the movie, as demonstrated with the “Dog Waste Only” receptacle in Kensington Park. Staff maintaining the park are depicted to look quizzically at the girls.

  • The Rosetta Stone is an ancient Egyptian granodiorite stele inscribed with a decree issued at Memphis in 196 BC on behalf of King Ptolemy V. The decree appears in three scripts: the upper text is Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, the middle portion Demotic script, and the lowest Ancient Greek. Because it presents essentially the same text in all three scripts (with some minor differences between them), it provided the key to the modern understanding of Egyptian hieroglyphs. Since 2004, the original, conserved stone has been on display in a specially built case in the centre of the Egyptian Sculpture Gallery, while a replica of the Rosetta Stone as it would have appeared to early 19th-century visitors—without a case and free to touch—is now available in the King’s Library of the British Museum.

Following breakfast, we will leg it to Kensington Park, where Yui gets her hand stuck in the dog waste container. The Kensingtone name reflects its 19th century designation for a London residential district now subsumed within Notting Hill. Fortunately, for our English-speaking visitors, we will have no issues with any dog waste receptacles. Having taken a few pictures, we may proceed to the Knightsbridge station on the Piccadilly line and take the underground to Tottenham Court Road. We will arrive at the British Museum (Great Russell Street), where the girls see the Rossetta stone, which was mimicked by the Occult Club and borrowed as a substitute for the tombstone during their school play. Established in 1753, the British Museum is largely based on the collections of the physician and scientist Sir Hans Sloane. The museum first opened to the public on 15 January 1759 in Montagu House in Bloomsbury, on the site of the current museum building. Its expansion over the following two and a half centuries was largely a result of an expanding British colonial footprint and has resulted in the creation of several branch institutions, the first being the British Museum (Natural History) in South Kensington in 1887. Presently one of amongst the largest and most comprehensive in existence, the museum holds exhibits that originate from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present. Admission is free, and owing to convenience  there are several locations that serve lunch here. The Gallery Café offers hot pies, soups, light salads and toasted sandwiches. No reservations are required, making this an excellent location to stop for lunch. While there are no quoted prices, it is reasonable to assume that 20 GBP (31.90 CAD) will more more than sufficient.

  • There are 32 sealed and air-conditioned ovoidal passenger capsules on the London Eye: they are attached to the external circumference of the wheel and rotated by electric motors. Each of the 10-tonne  capsules represents one of the London Boroughs, and holds up to 25 people, who are free to walk around inside the capsule, though seating is provided. The wheel rotates at 26 cm per second (about 0.9 km/h) so that one revolution takes about 30 minutes.

  • The view from the London Eye is nothing short of impressive. With the numbers given above, it is hardly surprising that Mio does not notice the wheel’s rotation. Understanding of Mio’s fear of anything exhibiting circular motion in the movie continues to elude me, although I’m guessing it has something to do with the baggage claim at the airport.

The British Museum is about 1700 metres from the London Eye; along the way, we may proceed down Denmark Street to find Wunjo Guitars, a shop the girls would visit in the movie. The London Pass does not cover the cost of admission for the London Eye; tickets are 18.90 GBP (30.15 CAD) if purchased on the day of visit. Lines might be a factor, so a portion of the afternoon will be set aside for this excursion. The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel situated on the banks of the River Thames in London, England. The entire structure is 135 metres (443 ft) tall and the wheel has a diameter of 120 metres (394 ft). The London Eye was completed in 1999 and was the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, until surpassed first by the 160 m (520 ft) Star of Nanchang in 2006 and then the 165 m (541 ft) Singapore Flyer in 2008. The duration of a stay within the London eye is 30 minutes. It will be late afternoon once this component of the visit ends, so it would be prudent to visit the Jubilee Gardens, which is adjacent to the London Eye, and also the site where Houkago Tea Time perform their final London Concert.

  • Another day draws to an end. On March 28, 2013, the sun will set in London at 18:27 local time. If we eat dinner at 1830, it will likely be dark by the time we finish.

  • The girls wished to have sushi in London to compare it to the sushi found in Japan. However, miscommunication leads to them not having any dinner. With this in mind, travellers wishing to have sushi in London might find Ozu to be a pleasant surprise. It’s not a conveyor-belt sushi place, but it does offer some excellent fare.

It will be evening by this point, so we may travel down Belvedere Road, as there are numerous dining establishments here. While this deviates from the original procedure within the movie, we have selected a Japanese restuarant, Ozu (London County Hall, Riverside Building, Westminster Bridge Road), for dinner. Located inside the Riverside building, the establishment is an excellent location with a modern design. The cost is approximately 20 GBP (31.90 CAD) per person, offering a diverse array of Japanese dishes, including a Temaki, Tebasa, the Kamo steak and Salmon teriyaki, amongst others. Once dinner concludes, we will sightsee around this area before returning to the Ibis via the Westminster line.

Summary

The day’s expenses total to around 115 Canadian dollars per person.

A Trip to London, England, K-On! Style! Part III of VI- Day One Itinerary

Having arrived in London at 2030 local time, it will take roughly half an hour to reach the Hotel Ibis Earl’s Court from Heathrow Airport. Our travellers speak English, so there’s no real concern about them getting lost. Thus, they will head directly to the hotel and retire for the evening. It will be March 27, 2013 when we begin the first day of the journey. For ease of access, the map may be accessed here.

Day One Itinerary

We will replicate the more of the locations that the girls visited on the second day. For the first day, our travellers will have breakfast at the Ibis’s restaurant for 11.50 GBP (18.35 CAD) per person. Upon finishing breakfast, they will make their way to the West Brompton station and take the London Underground to the Westminster station. The major attractions in this area are the Tower of London and the Westminster Abbey. The Tower of London (also known as Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress) is a historic castle on the north bank of the River Thames in central London, England, United Kingdom. Located within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, the Tower of London is separated from the eastern edge of the square mile of the City of London by the open space known as Tower Hill. It was founded towards the end of 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England. After the Second World War, damage caused during the Blitz was repaired and the castle reopened to the public. The Tower of London is presently one of Britian’s most popular tourist attractions. Cared for by the charity Historic Royal Palaces and is protected as a World Heritage Site, the admission costs are 19.00 GBP (30.31 CAD). Westminster Abbey, (The Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster) is a large, mainly Gothic church located just to the west of the Palace of Westminster. Admission is 16.00 GBP (25.52 CAD), but recalling that our travellers have the London passes, they’ll be admitted free of charge.

  • Before anyone starts asking questions, I’ve deliberately chosen to send our travellers to Westminster on the first day, as the girls in the movie only really get to sightsee on their second day. The first day is dedicated to getting lost in London, and the last day is capped with a concert.

  • London has at least two  millennia of history, originating with its founding by the Romans, who named it Londinium. London’s ancient core, the City of London, largely retains its square-mile mediaeval boundaries. Since at least the 19th century, the name London has also referred to the metropolis developed around this core.

If time permits, St. Paul’s Cathedral may also be a noteworthy destination to visit; set at the top of Ludgate Hill, the highest point in the City of London, it is the mother church of the Diocese of London. The present church (dating from the late 17th century) was built to an English Baroque design of Sir Christopher Wren, as part of a major rebuilding program which took place in the city after the Great Fire of London, and was completed within his lifetime. The cathedral is one of the most famous and most recognisable sights of London, with its dome, framed by the spires of Wren’s City churches, dominating the skyline for 300 years. At 365 feet (111 m) high, it was the tallest building in London from 1710 to 1962, and its dome is also among the highest in the world. In terms of area, St Paul’s is the second largest church building in the United Kingdom after Liverpool Cathedral, and admission is typically 15.00 GBP (23.93 CAD) per person.

  • A lot of the sights and attractions in Westminster are located within 2 kilometres of each other, a reasonably short walk. In late March and early April, the average high is 11.4°C, and the average low is 4.1°C. To us Canadians, this is warm, but I imagine it’d be quite cool for the Houkago Tea Time girls.

  • There is a surcharge for food in London: this is something that Canadians probably aren’t used to outside of the tips. The calculations in this experiment account for that, but the methodology isn’t very precise.

Lunch may be had at the Pier 1 Fish & Chips (66-68 Haymarket, London), located around 2000 metres from St Paul’s Cathedral. Their fish and chips range from 9.95 GBP to 19.95 GBP (18.81 to 31.82 CAD), and are made with an specially made in house batter, cooked in pure ground nut oil, served with chips, peas and Tartare Sauce. It would not be unreasonable to assume that lunch would therefore cost roughly 25 CAD per person; this configuration would provide an excellent experience for London Fish and Chips (something the girls did not have the opportunity to enjoy in the movie, or at least, not depicted as having done so). Fish and chips dish became popular in wider circles in London and South East England in the middle of the 19th century. The concept of a fish restaurant was introduced by Samuel Isaacs (born 1856 in Whitechapel, London; died 1939 in Brighton, Sussex), who ran a thriving wholesale and retail fish business throughout London and the South of England in the latter part of the 19th century.

  • The iconic red telephone box is a telephone kiosk for a public telephone designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, is a familiar sight on the streets of the United Kingdom. Despite a reduction in their numbers in recent years, the traditional British red telephone box can still be seen in many places throughout the UK, and in current or former British colonies around the world. The colour red was chosen to make them easy to spot.

  • Westminster Bridge is a road and foot traffic bridge over the River Thames between Westminster on the north side and Lambeth on the south side, in London. The bridge is painted predominantly green, the same colour as the leather seats in the House of Commons which is on the side of the Palace of Westminster nearest the bridge. This is in contrast to Lambeth Bridge which is red, the same colour as the seats in the House of Lords and is on the opposite side of the Houses of Parliament.

Following lunch, we’ll take a walk down Abigton Street, explore the Victoria Tower Garden and then proceed down Millbank Street, beyond Lambeth Bridge towards Vauxhall Bridge. Along this route, some London style architecture might be noted. Once Vauxhall bridge is reached, we will note that the SIS building is right across the river. Vauxhall is an inner city area of South London in the London Borough of Lambeth. It was once in the historic county of Surrey. Its name is derived from Falkes de Breauté, the head of King John’s mercenaries, who owned a large house in the area which was referred to as Faulke’s Hall, later Foxhall, and eventually Vauxhall. The area only became known by this name when the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens opened as a public attraction. Initially most visitors would have approached by river, but crowds of Londoners of all classes came to know the area after the construction of Westminster Bridge in the 1740s. The entire route will be a 2 kilometre trip and might proceed at a leisurely pace. The Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens were removed in the 1850s and replaced by mainly industrial units, including a glass factory, a vinegar works and a gin distillery. By 1983, the land was purchased by Regalian Properties Plc. and architect Terry Farrell won the competition to develop a building on the site—originally an urban village. Plans shifted and the area was eventually zoned to accomodate office blocks, with the SIS Building (MI6 Building), eventually designated for the site. The SIS building was completed in 1994 and is currently theheadquarters of the British Secret Intelligence Service (otherwise known as “MI6”). As such, it has been featured in the James Bond films GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day, starring Pierce Brosnan. Filming of the exterior of the building for the 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall starring Daniel Craig.

  • I keep mentioning that it was disappointing that the girls did not see the MI6 building; the building is only two kilometres from the London Eye, so I imagine the deliberate decision to omit the building might have been to prevent K-On! fans from flocking their and disrupting the service’s function.

  • Come April and later, boat tours are conducted on the Thames River. Given that this hypothetical trip is set in March, these tours are not in operation yet.

Crossing Vauxhall bridge, we will board a train at the Vauxhall station, and transfer to the Northern Line at the Stockwell station. We will disembark at the London Bridge station, allowing us the sightsee at the Tower Bridge. The Tower Bridge was built 1886–1894 and is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London, over the River Thames. It is close to the Tower of London, from which it takes its name. It has become an iconic symbol of London. The bridge consists of two towers tied together at the upper level by means of two horizontal walkways, designed to withstand the horizontal forces exerted by the suspended sections of the bridge on the landward sides of the towers. The vertical component of the forces in the suspended sections and the vertical reactions of the two walkways are carried by the two robust towers. The bascule pivots and operating machinery are housed in the base of each tower. The bridge’s present colour scheme dates from 1977, when it was painted red, white and blue for the Queen Elizabeth II’s silver jubilee. Originally it was painted a mid greenish-blue colour. The Tower Bridge is relatively close to the Borough Market, which will be included on the destinations to visit (it was visited by the girls in the movie). Located in Southward, the Borough Market that is currently seen today was designed in 1851, with additions in the 1860s and an entrance designed in the Art Deco style added on Southwark Street in 1932. It is one of the largest food markets in London, and sells a large variety of foods from all over the world.

  • Stallholders come to trade at the market from different parts of the UK and traditional European products are also shipped over and sold. Amongst the produce on sale are fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese, meat, game and freshly baked bread and pastries. There is also a wide variety of cooked and snack food on sale for the many tourists who flock to the market, which includes the Houkago Tea Time girls, who purchase cupcakes here.

  • If memory serves, Yui wishes to have roast beef for dinner in the movie upon the day of arrival. Hence, we’ll go to a steak house at the end of day one.

Dinner will be had at Black & Blue London Bridge (1-2 Rochester Walk, Borough Market), a moderately priced steak house (entrees range from 16 to 33 GBP, or 25.53 to 52.65 CAD). Once dinner is complete, we will cross over the Tower Bridge and make for the Monument train station, which is right on the District line and thus, will take our travellers directly to Earl’s Court. Disembarking at the West Brompton station, we will leg the remaining 200 metres back to the Ibis Earl’s Court and retire for the evening.

Summary

The day’s expenses total to around 120 Canadian dollars per person.

A Trip to London, England, K-On! Style! Part II of VI- Transportation and Accommodation

Before we proceed to the decidedly more fun aspect of planning out sightseeing activities, the practical elements (i.e. transportation and accommodation) must be considered. These two components will make up the bulk of the budget required by the trip, and thus, will be addressed before we send anyone off. Again, assumptions will have to be made: the numbers in this post are from December 10, 2013.

Air Flight

We will use Air Canada as our means of getting to Heathrow International Airport (LHR) from Toronto’s Lester B Pearson Airport (YYZ). The choice is relatively simple, primarily because this trip is starting in Canada and (for purposes of amusement) the fact that Air Canada is briefly shown in a scene in the movie. The flight to London will be AC868, which departs Toronto at 0915 EST on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 and will arrive in London at 2030 GMT. For the return trip, flight AC859 was selected, which departs London on Friday, March 29 at 1800 GMT and arrives in Toronto at 2210 EST. A trip in this configuration  in the economy class, will cost 11787.72 CAD in total (2946.93 CAD per person) and include in-flight meals. The aircraft that will be used in this flight is a Boeing 767, a mid-size, wide-body twin-engine jet airliner for shorter intercontinental flights. The girls in the movie took a Boeing 777, the world’s largest twinjet and has a capacity of over 300 passengers, with a range of 9,695 to 17,370 km, depending on model.

  • Heathrow is the busiest airport in the United Kingdom and the third busiest airport in the world (as of 2012) in terms of total passenger traffic, handling more international passengers than any other airport around the globe.

  • The girls in the movie wield English in an amusing manner when the customs official asks what the purpose of thier visit is. For the record, it’s not ‘side business’, but ‘sightseeing’; the former sounds like some MI6 code and could raise a few eyebrows.

Accommodations

In keeping with the events of the movie, our travellers will be staying at the Hotel Ibis at Earl’s Court (its address is 47 Lillie Road London, Earls Court, around 22.53 kilometres from Heathrow Airport). While the Houkago Teatime Girls probably did not make their reservations 20 days prior to their trip, we will: using the Happy 20 rate, we will book two rooms, which will come to a total of 386.74 CAD per room, or 193.37 CAD per person, for the two nights. This set-up does not include breakfast, as we will allow the travellers to explore the local restaurants.

  • In the movie, Mio seemingly misplaces her baggage, prompting Yui to say “Yes, she is no pantsu!” While realism would preclude the transport of instruments in non-rigid body containers, the movie is nonetheless fictional. Our travellers will eschew the guitars and travel light.

  • On average, the flight to London England is around seven and a half hours from Toronto. iPods have enough battery life to make the entire journey, although it is important to leave them off when the aircraft is taking off and landing. Of course, the antics the girls pull off in the movie would probably be less amusing in real life, hence the need for a heck of a lot of music.

Getting from the airport to the hotel

Conventional transportation would be vastly more economic, costing around 4.00 GBP (6.34 CAD) to get from Heathrow to Earl’s Court via the London Underground on the Piccadilly line. An airport taxi would cost roughly 54.00 GBP (85.61 CAD; 21.41 CAD per person) from the Airport, while rates on the Black Cabs the girls took would require around 83.00 GBP (131.58 CAD, 32.90 CAD per person). If I were carrying this trip out myself, the airport taxi would probably be the most economic, although to replicate the same events as seen in the movie, we will need to shell out a little extra. For the purposes of discussion, although uneconomic, we will use the Black Cab service for both trips to and from the Heathrow Airport, which would require a total of 65.80 CAD per person for both journeys.

  • KyoAni scores big points for accurately depicting the Hotel Ibis, Earl’s Court in nearly perfect detail. The rooms depicted in the movie are reasonably accurate.

  • Earls Court is a district in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London, England. It is an inner-London district centred on Earl’s Court Road and surrounding streets, located 3.1 miles (5 km) west south-west of Charing Cross. Located around five kilometres from Westminster, this is where the girls will see a number of sights.

Known formally as Hackney carriages, these taxicabs licensed by the Public Carriage Office in Greater London or by the local authority (non-metropolitan district councils or unitary authorities) in other parts of Great Britain, or by the Department of the Environment in Northern Ireland. The name is thought to have originated from the anglicised derivative of French haquenée—a horse of medium size recommended for lady riders; however, current opinion is that it is derived from the village name Hackney (now part of London)

The London Pass

Each of the four travellers will have purchased a London Pass, a sightseeing package that allows holders to make the most out of their trip, saving them both time and money. It confers free entry to your choice of over 60 popular attractions, tours, sights and museums, the ability to negate queues at various selected attractions to save time and unlimited use of the mass transit system. A three day pass costs 91.60 GBP (146.12 CAD), and remains active for three days after it is first used. The day is defined as a calendar day: for instance, using the pass for the first time at 1600 on Monday means Monday is counted as day one of your pass usage. To maximise usage, the pass should be activated as soon as possible.

  • The London Underground (often shortened to the Underground) is a rapid transit system in the United Kingdom, serving a large part of Greater London and some parts of Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Essex. We’re going to go with the London Pass to save time, not necessarily money on transportation and viewing some of the attractions. A map of the system may be accessed here.

  • The girls in K-On! use the London Underground to go from London City to Earl’s Court. In Skyfall, 007 pursues Silvia through the Tube before the latter detonates a bomb that collapses a section of the subway.

Summary

We have thus far considered all of the essentials with respect to transportation and accommodations. Assuming we follow the events done by the girls in the movie, minus errors that will accidentally lead to us getting dropped off at the Ibis London City and resulting in an increased charge, the total cost of essentials for each individual participating will be 3352.22 CAD. This is the bulk of where the expenses are headed, and with the practical aspects considered, it is time to turn our attention towards the sightseeing portion of the trip.

A Trip to London, England, K-On! Style! Part I of VI- Preliminary Calculations

Disclaimer: This mini-series is intended for entertainment purposes only and is provided as-is. I am not to be held liable for any losses or damages incurred as a result of using information from this series of posts, nor do I intend these posts to be anything resembling a reasonable substitute for a travel agent and a good Lonely Planet guide on London. Any numerical information depicted in the posts are subject to change, and I am not accountable for updating these posts to reflect unforeseen changes. All of the individuals depicted in these posts are hypothetical and do not bear resemblance to any individuals, fictional or living. Finally, I declare no conflict of interests and am not endorsing any of the products, services or establishments depicted in my posts.

This post will outline several elements that will be of utmost importance to the trip, specifically, the budget, number of individuals participating, as well as the time of year such a trip is to happen, and any essential prerequisites that are required for the trip to become reality.

Human logistics

For the purposes of discussion, I will structure this trip for individuals in their mid-20s: these individuals will be friends and have some financial autonomy. The movie sent Yui, Ritsu, Mio, Mugi and Azusa to London at age seventeen. However, such an arrangement is improbable in reality. Thus, we will maintain a more realistic age range for this experiment. I will send a group of four to London to better recreate the environment presented in the movie and disperse any misconceptions that this might be a trip for couples. On that note, gender is not particularly important to my discussion: I am merely planning a hypothetical trip.

  • An actual trip would be better planned by travel agencies. The whole point of going FFA in the movie was to allow for better autonomy in the plot, but this comes at the expense of, well, expenses.

Financial logistics

This is the element that will figure the most strongly in the hypothetical trip alongside timing. It will be money that determines where we may go in the trip and what we may reasonably do assuming a fixed budget. The budget will encompass all elements of travel, including flights, accommodations, food and sightseeing activities, to the closest as can be maintained as to the events in the movie. We allowed our travelers some financial autonomy, but because we wish to maintain realism (i.e. unlimited resources is not an option), we may suppose that the maximum budget for each individual will be 3900 Canadian dollars. Finally, we will assume an exchange rate of 1.00 Canadian Dollar to be equivalent to 0.625 British Sterling Pounds, and similarly, 1.00 British Sterling Pound to be equivalent to 1.60 Canadian Dollars.

Timing and other pertinent considerations

Timing specifically refers to what time of year the trip is to be conducted. I imagine that most individuals would probably wish to replicate the experience at roughly the same time of year as did the girls in K-On!, so we will set the trip to begin for the last week of March, at around the same time as Spring Break for Japanese high school students prior to graduation. This trip will happen during a down season, although it may prove disruptive to work and business schedules. Thus, we will have to suppose that our travelers successfully got a five business days off for the trip. The trip will last three days and two nights excluding flight times, and the extra time may be useful for acclimatizing to any effects that may result from jet lag. Insofar, our assumptions are still reasonable.

  • Now that we’ve gotten some of the basics set up, we will move onto the trip itself. I have created a map on Google Maps showcasing the general areas we will visit, plus all of the regions the girls visit and their corresponding real world locations.

I will assume that our travellers are Canadians from the Greater Toronto Area. This is done purely for ease of calculations and out of convenience: the Lester B. Pearson Airport offers direct flights to London, minimising the need to transfer flights at airports. For other Canadian readers, most major cities in Canada will offer direct flights to London as well. American readers can take direct flights to London from most major airports. The Canadian dollar is roughly at parity with the American Dollar, so our US readers will be able to reasonably follow this trip without further action on my part. The next post will focus on transportation and accommodation essentials: in other words, the flight to London, transportation between the airport and the hotel, and finally, check-in at the hotel itself.

Map of London, Houkago Tea Time Style

I’ve supplied a map of all the locations that are visited. This map will be linked to in all of the posts’ opening paragraph for ease-of-access.

A Trip to London, England, K-On! Style! Preview

It has been precisely a year since the K-On! Movie first premièred in Japanese theatres, and although discussions concerning the movie (and the corresponding genre) has cooled down considerably, the movie’s design and nature has lent itself to a diverse range of topics, including the planning of a hypothetical trip to London from curious fans. This was certainly the case on an anime forum, where an inquisitive member began a thread that would focus on the planning and logistics behind such a trip. Unfortunately, discussions ceased before the thread could pick up momentum, and presently, we are left with a mere 12 posts of information.

  • I’ve noted my disappointment, numerous times, that the MI6 Headquarters (the SIS building), was absent in the K-On! Movie. That said, it will be a location that I will include into the simulated trip. Casually note that this post is about the real world and thus, has dispensed with any images related to the K-On!

In the spirit of that thread (and perhaps out of curiosity), I have decided to undertake a thought experiments of sorts and design a hypothetical trip to London, England. I will direct my focus at recreating a trip that approximates some of the destinations the Houkago Tea Time girls visit to the best of my ability. The post will consider all logistical elements, but will also make certain assumptions to ensure that such a trip is feasible within the outlined parameters, primarily, budget and time. These will be important to ensure that this thought experiment remains plausible.

  • These skyscrapers belong to the Canary Wharf, a major business district located in Tower Hamlets, London, United Kingdom. It is one of London’s two main financial centres – along with the traditional City of London – and contains many of the UK’s tallest buildings, including the second-tallest, One Canada Square. These locations were not visited or depicted in the K-On! Movie.

Owing to time constraints, I will aim to prepare the posts for a simultaneous release somewhere near the end of December, before the new year is upon us. This mini-series will be broken up into six different categories for ease-of-access. I will first discuss preliminary considerations concerning the trip’s logistics, such as budget, duration and assumptions that will be made for calculation purposes. The next part will focus on transportation and accommodations, two essential elements to travelling abroad. The subsequent three parts will represent the three days spent in London (directly reflecting the amount of time spent by the girls), and at the end, I will have a post game report of sorts discussing my own opinions of the hypothetical trip I’ve assembled, as well as its feasibility. Finally, comments have been left open to allow for suggestions and feedback.