After everyone’s excitement over the markets and the gallery on Saturday, we decided to try something similar yesterday and hit up the British Museum right when it opened to beat the crowds. At 10A on a Sunday, it’s quite possibly the best thing to do in London since the rest of the world is sleeping. We meandered through the maze of the museum for about an hour and a half to check out the Egyptian, Roman, Grecian and Chinese sections before heading out.
To say ‘they liked it’ might be the understatement of the century. They loved it! My dad was obsessed by the time we left. We grabbed a quick coffee at Cafe Nero in Covent Garden before hopping on the tube to head to Spitalfields and Brick Lane! They had loved Borough and Covent Garden so Spitalfields seemed like a good choice and a welcome change from the West End scene.
Though it wasn’t quite the same charm of the close-by markets, we actually ended up doing a fair bit of shopping while perusing. Plus, the graffitied walls and grungier scene showed them a different side of London, even if just for a few hours. I ended up with a new top, new leggings and a new beret; Tiff ended up with a new beanie and new dress; and even my dad got a hat as a practical souvenir! All-around successful excursion. Plus a little Ethiopian food in the belly didn’t hurt.
After our Spitalfields excursion, we headed back to Covent Garden for round two to explore the markets and cruise through Neal’s Yard. We broke for a quick coffee break in the (rare) London sunshine at Le Pain Quotidien (mmmm!) before heading home.
After we took a quick break at home, we headed back out for dinner. Choice of the night? Proper British fare: Sunday roast and fish & chips. We headed to Leicester Square first to see the sights and then found a nearby pub to sit down and enjoy a relaxed evening.
Another successful night in Britain! On the agenda today? Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, the Natural History Museum and Wicked!
Love from London,