The other week The Bloke and I attempted to take advantage of a ticket sale from a train company. It went a little wrong, but we still decided to use the offer and have a day out in London, as we haven’t done that for a while.
We decided to spend the majority of the day around South Kensington – it’s a beautiful (and very expensive) area with several museums and it’s one of the few places in the city that we haven’t explored as much as we would like. We were on the train at ridiculous o’clock, as usual, and by the time we arrived at Euston the weather was fairly clear and sunny, so we took advantage of the early morning to get there before the madness of tube travel at the weekends began. On the way there I discovered an image on Pinterest of a ‘thin house’ on Thurloe Square, opposite the Victoria and Albert museum, so this was our starting point. We found it and then spent some time just wandering around the streets, admiring the private parks and the beautiful town houses and flats, along with the statue of Bartok, followed by breakfast in a local Pret a Manger (where I’m CERTAIN that we were sitting across from Julian Lloyd-Webber, although I didn’t have the nerve to go and say anything to him). It was the perfect opportunity for photographs, particularly with the architecture that we were surrounded by, and I had a lot of fun trying out different ideas and getting the angles right.
We finished breakfast about 15 minutes before the opening of the Museum of Natural History, so we joined the already large queue of people waiting to see the dinosaurs, including some delightful little toddler treasures and their flaky mother who were causing havoc by running around near the road and eating the recently-urinated-on dirt by the trees. Lovely.
It’s been years since I visited and I was really excited to see the Great Hall in particular, but then we discovered that there was a massive refurbishment going on, which was a shame. I did, however, enjoy some of it and The Bloke and I had a great time taking some silly pictures. If I’m honest, it was… ok. The exhibits were small and a bit dated in areas and we managed to get round it all really quickly.
We then decided to visit the Victoria and Albert Museum further down the road, which we haven’t been to since we visited the David Bowie exhibition a few years ago. We spent HOURS here. We saw everything from original drawings from Beatrix Potter, a house frontage from the 1600’s (before the Great Fire), costumes from lots of theatrical productions including The Lion King, one of Fred Astaire’s suits, a banjo belonging to George Formby, to Johnny Vegas’s One Minute Teapot (those of you who watch the Great Pottery Throwdown will know what I’m talking about), beautiful jewellery and ceramics and clothing from hundreds of years of fashion. It was epic, and we only saw a small portion of the exhibits.
We spent so long in the Victoria and Albert that there was only an hour or two before the train home, so we decided to skip Harrods which was further down the road and then go to the Thames and watch the street performers as the weather was still beautiful.
Beautiful architecture and scenery, interesting exhibits… a great way to spend a day.
Oh, and in the toilets of the Pret a Manger, there was this sign:
A young child and his mother were waiting to use the toilet.
“Mummy, we can’t use this one – this is for robots.”
Smart kid – made me giggle.
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