Hugh had some important smoozing of a showbiz type nature to attend to, so he gave Darrell a fully loaded Oyster Card and told him to be “a free spirit on the underground and go hither and thither embracing London in all it’s plenitude”…. adding that he would meet up with him at the end of the day when they would go to a “darling Thai” he frequented on the Portobello Road
Being given the freedom of the city of London was almost too much for Darrell to bear, before he had always had someone to accompany him but now he was a free agent to wander at will….
….. So his first port of call was Liverpool Street Station …. an odd choice admittedly, but ….. Darrell’s places to land on and buy of choice when we play our annual game of Monopoly at Christmas are the stations …. which is also why when he saw this sign pointing to Fenchurch Street Station he couldn’t resist asking a passing American tourist if he would mind taking his picture in front of it! What is he like?
Darrell decided that his next port of call had to be the Gherkin …. as he said “It would be a thrill to see an iconic building that always features at the beginning of The Apprentice, in real life!”
Darrell decided that as it was all too wonderful he really ought to linger a while to drink in the romance of being in the heart of London’s financial centre ….
… and so availed himself of a “gourmet coffee”, secretly hoping that if he stayed there long enough he might be fortunate enough to see Sir Lord Alan Sugar nippinig into the aforementioned newsagents for his newspaper, a packet of polo mints and perhaps a packet of biscuits to take back to his office …..
….. but after three hours
of stalking of hopeful waiting there was no sign of Sir Lord Alan … so Darrell decided to move on ….