A Week in London

After our week in Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival, we headed to London for a week, staying in a nice little flat on a quiet mews in Bloomsbury.

DSC03262
The cobbled mews where we stayed for a week
DSC03256
Inside our little flat

One of our planned events for the week was ‘Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones’ at the Saatchi Gallery. It was a wonderful exhibit that shows the history of the Stones (no photos allowed inside, unfortunately).

DSC03264
With Bev, outside the exhibit

DSC03267

We paid a visit to the British Museum where we enjoyed some of their wonderful exhibits. The Rosetta Stone and the Elgin Marbles are two of the museum’s signature exhibits, but there are lots of other nice exhibits to see.

DSC03334
The British Museum
DSC03299
The Rosetta Stone
DSC03288
Tree sculpture made from decommissioned weapons (Africa display)
DSC03319
The Nereid Monument
DSC03311
Lely’s Venus
DSC03325
Egyptian Mummy

Our second planned event for London came on Saturday – the theatre production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (parts one and two). This was a bit of a marathon theatre experience, as part one started at 2.00pm and part two ended about 10.10pm, although there was a gap of about two hours between the two parts, in which we could go and eat dinner. It was a very good production, even for a non-enthusiast like myself. Bev and Michele are Potter fans, so they obviously loved everything about it. The special effects and on-stage ‘magic’ were excellent.

image2
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
image1
Michele and Bev outside the theatre

image3[1]

Having seen the show on Saturday, the first task on Sunday was to get Bev and Michele to the Harry Potter shop at Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross Station.

DSC03367
Platform 9 3/4 – the way to Hogwarts
DSC03370
Sam, Michele and Bev outside the Harry Potter Shop
DSC03368
Michele and Bev at the magic wands section of the shop

We spent the rest of  Sunday afternoon wandering around markets near the Liverpool Street Station. The markets included Old Spitalfield, Brick Lane and the Sunday Upmarket. Here are a few photos from our meanderings.

DSC03375
Ethiopian food stall in Old Spitalfields Market
DSC03377
Leather bags at Old Spitalfields
DSC03378
Spotted in the Sunday Upmarket – painful way to remove tattoos!
DSC03380
Black Cab Coffee Company on Brick Lane
DSC03383
Colourful character selling stuff on Brick Lane
DSC03386
Gas mask sax on Brick Lane

One day, we walked around the Fleet Street area where we saw several old pubs, many of which were bedecked with colourful hanging baskets.

DSC03354
The Tipperary pub
DSC03360
The Old Bell pub
DSC03361
The Hoop & Grapes, established 1721
DSC03362
Cittie of Yorke, established 1420

Monday was our last full day in London. We paid a visit to the excellent Natural History Museum with its wonderful displays.

DSC03388
The beautiful Natural History Museum, built in 1880
DSC03393
Large dinosaur in the entrance hall
DSC03433
Museum entrance hall
DSC03398
Life-size model of a T-Rex head
DSC03408
Escalator in the Geological Museum section
DSC03410
Entering the world
DSC03412
Viewed from above
DSC03420
Living and Extinct Relatives – Human Evolution exhibit
DSC03423
Reconstruction of Neanderthal man, based on 40,000 year old remains
DSC03426
Model of early Homo sapiens – based on humans living 30,000 years ago
DSC03430
Life size model of an adult Blue Whale along with other whale skeletons

And so, our two weeks in Great Britain are coming to an end. Bev and Michele are returning to Bermuda and Germany, whilst I begin the solo segment of the trip. Next up for me is an 11.5 hour flight to Bangkok. Asia, here I come!

 

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s