The Adventures of Flat Stanley

Hey Greg!

Great to hear from you. We had another great day yesterday (Saturday). We went up to London to visit the National Portrait Gallery and then we went for dinner in a Chinese restaurant in Chinatown and then to the theatre to see "The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Abridged" by the Reduced Shakespeare Company. It was a great day out!

Firstly, we had to get a train from Banbury which is about eight miles from where Greg and Penny live to Marylebone Station in London. I've attached some photographs to show you. The first one is of me in a seat on the train next to Penny. It was really clever - they kept me in Penny's book until we were on the train so they didn't have to buy me a ticket.
When we got to London we had to get on the underground (the subway) and go across London to Leicester Square which is not very far from Trafalgar Square. There is a picture of me at Trafalgar Square - the tall column is Nelson's Column. He defeated the French in the Napoleonic Wars at the Battle of Trafalgar.

Go and visit and look at the maps and see if you can work out how to travel from Marylebone Station to Leicester Square (there is a Journey Planner to help you if you get stuck!)

Just around the corner from Trafalgar Square is the National Portrait Gallery where we spent a couple of hours. They have lots and lots of paintings of very famous British men and women. There were several paintings of Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I as well as some of more modern people like the present Queen and, of course, Princess Diana. You can see a lot of the images on-line if you visit - there is a Search Option and if you enter Princess Diana in the section on Search the Collection you can find a couple of pictures of the portraits I saw.
After the Portrait Gallery we walked to Chinatown and had dinner in a great Chinese restaurant - I can't remember the name but there is another photograph of me reading the menu. I had to share the vegetarian set meal with one of Penny and Greg's friends but we all got to share anyway so it was all right.

And then, after dinner, we walked to the Criterion Theatre to see the "Complete Works of Shakespeare, Abridged" which was very, very funny. Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to take any pictures inside the theatre so I haven't got one for you.

After the play we had to catch the train back to Banbury again and we finally got home about 12:30 at night! It was a late night but a lot of fun.

I don't think we're going to be going too much today - Greg and Penny look pretty tired and worn out to me! Also, I don't know what we'll be doing this week but I hope to be able to send you another e-mail and perhaps some more photographs later this week.

Your pal,

Flat Stanley


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