I first set foot in the UK in October 2010, 9 years ago around this time.

It was a 10 day trip and I’ve been recently trying to remember the memories from that trip. I didn’t have a habit of blogging back then so this might be a good time to put those memories in record. Better late than never!

I may need to revise and update this. I’ll just put whatever I can remember for the time being.

October 2010


My first trip was about 10 days and I stayed in this hostel.

It was generally quite good so much so that I stayed in the same one in April 2011 for a few days until I found a place to rent.

Stables Market

While walking around in Camden Town I stumbled across this place and looked very interesting.

Almost by chance I bumbed into this place. Back then I didn’t know Camden was the craziest part of London. I’m planning another visit soon.


I went to 2 concerts during this trip: Motorhead in Manchester and Devildriver in London:

I’m glad I was able to catch a rock legend Motorhead live during this time. Devildriver was also quite energetic and fun.


I remember having a nice meal of Fish & Chips here after a long day of walking:

The view of Blackfriars Bridge and Thames is great and I will soon pay another visit.

April 2011

Pentland House

I initially stayed in YHA hostel like I did it in the previous trip. After a few days I rented a room in Pentland House which is also a hostel now!

Exploring the neightbourhood

My first night in Pentland House, I went out to explore the neighbourhood. I remember walking all the way to Catford and being impressed by the Cat statue in Catford.

Ronin 47 from Blockbuster

I remember on my way back I stopped by Blockbuster and bought Ronin 47 DVD for £5 and watched it in a 12.1” laptop.


I’ve always had a soft spot for fried calamari. I used to make them on Saturday evenings back in Turkey and they tasted delicious. In order to recreate those memories (and have more delicious meals) I started cooking calamari again. First few tries were terrible but recently I managed to make quite good ones (to my taste anyway). I’ll use this post to consult to whenever I need this recipe again.


  • 2 packs of raw calamari tubes
  • 15 - 20g bicarbonate of soda
  • 10g salt
  • Lemon juice (for bicarbonate soda to rise just enough to cover the whole batch of calamari)


  • Step 1: Defreeze and let it sit in water in about 2 hours
  • Step 2: Take it out of the water and filter excess water
  • Step 3: Add bicarbonate of soda and salt and knead for 10 minutes
  • Step 4: Cover with PVC film and let it rest for 24 hours
  • Step 5: Cover with flour and fry



It’s been a few years since I last went to The Comedy Store. I decided to resume going as it’s always a recipe for a good time!


  • One thing that was disappointing was soon after I purchased my tickets they changed their ticketing system and they stopped accepting e-tickets. Instead you have to go to the box office where they print you your tickets. After this minor inconvenience I was in!

  • I went in 1 hour before the show. It wasn’t really packed but still the seats were almost half full. Saturday evening must be the busiest time of the club which is not very surprising anyway!

  • Some guy was having a stag party and his friends forced him to sit in the second row wearing rainbow coloured outfit with shorts and a purple hat. I guess the idea was to have the comedians mock the poor guy. None of the comedians saw him but the MC noticed his clothes and cracked a few jokes about him.

  • Turns out nothing much has changed over the years. Even the announcements and the messages on the big screen were mostly the same.

  • Break between the sets was a bit long (25 minutes)

The Show

From Thursday to Saturday they their best line up for week on which is called The Best in Stand Up.

Line up for the night was:

  • Ian Moore (MC)
  • Jo Caulfield
  • John Lynn
  • Sean Collins
  • Mike Gunn

And a young guest comic (with a shorter set about 15 minute)

The show started at 7:30 and ended close to 22:00.


I liked the show in general but in my memory this Best in Stand Up shows were funnier. I especially like Mike Gunn’s set. He was really very funny. Jo Caulfield was also great. I liked her observations and edginess. John Lynn basically had 1 story in the whole set and I didn’t find it too funny. Maybe it was good enough for a few jokes for a few minutes but definitely not for an entire set.