For our second day in London, we got another early start to visit the mummies and the amazing collection of ancient statuary of the British Museum. I know I said that the Louvre was my favorite museum, but the British Museum is a very close second. When you add in the fact that it is free of charge and you can come and go as you please (no queue!), it comes very close to surpassing the Louvre!
You can also have a bit of fun inside the British Museum. Unlike the Louvre, it has a very relaxed and interactive feel. In fact there are several interactive stations set up throughout the museum that allow you to touch various artifacts (you can’t touch everything, just what they let you). Thanks to this relaxed vibe, we let our hair down and had a lot of fun taking goofy pictures. Who says museums are boring?
After several hours of mummy gazing, we departed the museum and headed to Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery. Back to back museums, can you handle it? But again, it is free (although all the museums ask for a donation, which I am happy to give) and you can come and go as you feel. This really keeps the museums from feeling daunting and like a marathon (I am looking at you Louvre). After strolling through the galleries, we made our way to the colorful and lively Carnaby Street for lunch and some strolling.
Next up was St. Paul’s Cathedral. The cathedral is nice, but the main draw for me is the excellent scones and clotted cream served in the crypt (after 3 pm, but don’t go too late, they often run out of fresh scones).
After indulging in too much clotted cream, we made a mad dash to our hotel for a quick touch up before meeting some friends out for drinks at Madison (which has amazing views of the cathedral and city) and dinner at the new and hip Brasserie Zedel (you will definitely need reservations, all of London seems to have discovered it!).