Part of the London Walks "British Museum" walking tour. Imposing in structure and immense in the breadth of the history it covers, this museum’s story was woven together with great enthusiasm by the guide Kathy. Tidbits from the founder’s story to how the Brits captured the Rosetta Stone to the entire process of mummification, it was a lesson of sorts. The highlight was the Parthenon remains; from the intricate detail of the sculptures which survived the attack to the devastating damage which painfully shows, they seemed to have a life of their own on the walls and the pedestals.
London marked one of the best culinary experiences in my trip! The metropolis has so many dynamic shades to experiencing food that one trip also seems short. Its food scenes seemed to have been changing before my eyes so rapidly, that while one day Aldwych was the hub, another day the street food at Charlotte Street attracts the crowd. While I roamed with a foodie heart all around London, I discovered all sorts of gastronomically exuberating experiences! From East End to Convent Garden, from having the best of English afternoon teas to basking in the summer sun on rooftop bars, from enjoying secret speakeasies on rainy gloomy days to exploring the best bars and underground gin palaces... I just could not get enough of London. And to add to this are the ever evolving food trends like molecular gastronomy to the quirkiest of cafe-concepts and all of this in one city, where, of course, I did not miss a single chance to gorge on the culinary excellence at Michelin-starring world’s best restaurants!
You will be surprised to know that this place was originally an old butcher’s shop. It has been transformed into one of the most healthy dining options. It is a small restaurant famed for its quality and service. If you are looking for a fine dining experience fit for a queen, make sure you jot down this address- 82-83 High Street, Eton, Windsor.
My Old Dutch
This traditional pancake place shall take you back to how pancakes were made back in 1958. Known for it's savory pancakes but steals the thunder even in the sweet one's. Save an appetite for Monday as all pancakes are at a quick bargain £5. The apple cinnamon with ice cream and the Italian herb are my personal favorites.
Hampstead Health is again a huge park in the northern part of London. Surprisingly, all the parks have a different character to it. Hampstead is almost like a jungle - with hills and dense forests and so on. It has a couple of ponds which are quite popular for swimming in the summer.
St Pancras Old Church
Yet, there it stands. A miracle made possible only by the relentless activism of church leaders and history lovers in the community through the years. St Pancras Old Church is one of the oldest places of Christian worship in England, dating back to a time when London had not yet spread so far North; a rural oasis until modernization took over in the 19th century. Many believe that the church could date back to as far as 314 AD, and there are several references to the parish in the Domesday Book. Walking through the gilded wrought iron gate, the surrounding noise doesn’t exactly fade away, but you quickly forget about it all the same. This little church has ties to hundreds of famous writers, philanthropists, musicians, and London giants. Their remnants are scattered throughout, although most are easily missed- so do pick up a map inside. (You should leave a donation!) As you enter the interior of St Pancras Old Church, you won’t be blown away by high-vaulted ceilings and murals done by internationally renown artists, but you will have the opportunity to walk along a floor that that has seen 1700 years of change. This is not to say it isn’t beautiful, for a church that has overcome bombings during World War II, several railroad constructions, and restoration after restoration, the simplicity suits it well.