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A bit of Natural History.

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Our last day in London today. We had another late start this morning and then made our way by bus and a couple of different trains to the Natural History Museum in South Kensington. This was just fantastic. The building that the museum is housed in was built by specifically for this purpose in the 1870's - it is beautiful - and I think as much of a draw card as the exhibits themselves. The Central Hall is just astounding - jaw dropping as you enter.
There were thousands here, and as with the British Museum - so many groups of school kids - they were everywhere.
The Dinosaur display was just brilliant - if only we had had Scarlett, River and Ocea with us - they would have loved it.
We spent about 3 hours there and thoroughly enjoyed every moment. We had a short walk up to Harrods to check it out. The Food Court was pretty impressive - the chocolates especially. What an expensive shop though, completely over the top.
Several changes on the Underground later and we made our way back to the Temple Church near Fleet Street. We got there about 15 minutes before it was due to close - but at least we got there. An absolutely stunning building - The Temple Church was built by the Knights Templar, the soldier-monks who protected pilgrims to the Holy Land during the Crusades. The original church was consecrated in 1185. The remains of 8 Knights Templar are buried in the church, statues of these knights lie horizontally on the floor - above the crypts.
From Fleet Street we made our way back in to the Underground and travelled to Tower Station. Even though we've seen the Tower Bridge, it didn't seem right to me to visit London and not have another squiz! It was bitterly cold at this point of the day, but it was worth the trip there to see the Thames, the Bridge, the Tower of London - and the general atmosphere of the area. Hundreds and hundreds of people!
Again, back on the train and then the bus - and home to meet up with our landlord Mary. We were really tired at the end of 4 full days here, but we decided to go out for dinner on our last night in London. We caught the good old 29 bus back in to Camden Town and came across a little Spanish Restaurant in one of the back streets. We had a great meal - reasonable and delicious - lovely people as well. We came outside at about 9pm - to hundreds of people in Camden Town. I can't get used to all these people. Luckily, our apartment is a bit further up Camden Road and is in a lovely quiet area. Back home to pack our bags - we have an early start in the morning.
Interior of the Temple Church.

Interior of the Temple Church.

Display of chocolates in Harrods.

Display of chocolates in Harrods.

The magnificent main hall of the Natural History Museum - London.

The magnificent main hall of the Natural History Museum - London.

Selfie - two idiots abroad - at the Natural History Museum.

Selfie - two idiots abroad - at the Natural History Museum.

A sculpture of Charles Darwin - overlooking the main hall of the Natural History Museum.

A sculpture of Charles Darwin - overlooking the main hall of the Natural History Museum.

This little boy was drawing a picture of his favourite animal - this is a fantastic place for a school excursion. All the kids wear hi-vis jackets.

This little boy was drawing a picture of his favourite animal - this is a fantastic place for a school excursion. All the kids wear hi-vis jackets.

Taxidermy - lion at the Natural History Museum - London.

Taxidermy - lion at the Natural History Museum - London.

Beautiful display of butterflies and other insects.

Beautiful display of butterflies and other insects.

Tarantula - in the Spiders and Insects Exhibition.

Tarantula - in the Spiders and Insects Exhibition.

Moving Dinosaur - a real hit with the kids.

Moving Dinosaur - a real hit with the kids.

Dinosaur skeleton - in the Pre-historic Exhibition.

Dinosaur skeleton - in the Pre-historic Exhibition.

Fantastic interactive display of dinosaurs.

Fantastic interactive display of dinosaurs.

Anne on the Thames - London Bridge in the background, early evening.

Anne on the Thames - London Bridge in the background, early evening.

Tower of London.

Tower of London.

Four of the Knights Templar who are buried in the Temple Church.

Four of the Knights Templar who are buried in the Temple Church.

Remains of a dinosaur - now fossilised.

Remains of a dinosaur - now fossilised.

Replica dinosaur skeleton in the main hall of the Natural History Museum.

Replica dinosaur skeleton in the main hall of the Natural History Museum.

Our apartment in London - our door is the little one on the right.

Our apartment in London - our door is the little one on the right.

Posted by Gibbo54 12:08 Archived in United Kingdom

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