Just got back from 12 days in London. Had a great time and say a few of the multitude of sights to visit. My wife needed a wheelchair at many of the venues, but that gave us access to back areas the general public never sees, such as at Buckingham Palace.
The new currency, however, is really different. Remember we call our old bills "Shin Plasters." Well, I would call the new plastic 5 and 10 Pound notes "Eel Skins." They are basically slick feeling, almost slimy, and tend to stick together when new. Instead of watermarks, they have clear areas where "watermark-like" images appear. The old 20's are still in circulation, but are due for replacement in the near future. Maybe I am just old fashioned, as well as old, but give me the old linen-based bills any day. It seemed to me that I was using some type of Monopoly money. it just lacks the heft and feel of Real Money. I am sure They think it is more durable and more ecological, but some of the circulated notes just looked wrinkled, tired and ready for replacement.
I will have more to say on some of the coins I saw in the Museums later.