A bit of Natural History.
17.05.2013 - 17.05.2013 15 °C
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.