Saturday, July 26, 2014

Bond in Motion, National Portrait Gallery and Skylight

Not a lot to write about regarding this day as such; I did, however, take quite a few photos - so, I'll let those do the talking.

First up was the Bond in Motion exhibit at the London Film Museum. This wasn't something I'd planned to see; in fact, I didn't even know it was on until I saw an advertisement for it on the tube I was on coming back from Albertopolis (see the previous post for that). But at that point I didn't have anything particular planned for the next day, and was going to use the time to go to the National Portrait Gallery and, depending on how that went, go see what I hadn't already seen at either/both the National Gallery and/or the British Museum.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Natural History Museum, V&A and a quiet night in

Today I caught the tube from Embankment to South Kensington, since I wanted to spend the day at what's sometimes referred to as 'Albertopolis' - called that because so much of what's there has something to do with Queen Victoria's husband Prince Albert (and yet I saw nothing about male genital piercings at any point throughout - though I can't say I'm complaining). The things I was specifically there to see included the Natural History Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum, but I found a few more things worth seeing, as I'll get to later.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Parliament, the National Gallery and that musical about Mormons

One of the things I wasn't sure I'd get a chance to see was the Palace of Westminster – what's also called the Houses of Parliament. At the moment it's only open on weekends, presumably because it's still in session; they can't really have people wandering around gawping at things while they're trying to debate the matters of the nation.

But I realised I could go if I changed my intended schedule around - I hadn't booked anything during the day, just penciled in things. So, I got online and booked myself a ticket for the tour. That also meant a bit of a dash to get there - made a bit more uncomfortable by the fact that we had to take a different route to get there than the standard one, for reasons I will explain later - but I arrived with enough time to line up and get inside (after going past a lot of security and the first armed policeman I'd seen - I was asked if I had a bomb; I sensibly answered "No.") to get my audio device and start wandering around.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tate Britain, revisiting the British Museum and Martin Freeman

I'd been to the Tate Modern the other day; this time I'd be heading to its parent gallery - the Tate Britain. It's in a completely different direction (west of the city and north of the river), and I once again turned to the bus option to get me there because it involved less walking and meant I could look at things as we went along; this has been quite helpful in giving me a mental image of where things are here relative to each other.

Of course I'll probably forget before I'm back again to make use of it...

Monday, July 21, 2014

Lots more history, a dear Abbey and Matilda

So, having done my research, I calculated the best way to get to today's destination was to catch a bus. Staying at a hotel on the Strand is handy for that sort of thing; a lot of major transit routes go along here, in all directions. Yes, the tube is usually faster, but the bus stop is a lot closer, and I was quite happy to look at things as we went along.