Today was a really long day. Visited the British Museum and saw quite a few interesting artifacts today, including the Moai from Easter Island (which has been on my list to visit simply because of its remote location), the Rosetta Stone and a Ming Dynasty paper currency. Of course, let’s not forget the Great Court by Norman Foster.
After the museum, I walked over to Covent Garden. I found a little corner with colorful (literally) stores and cafes, with a cool store called Rice: The Little Shop of Funkiness that sold home and kitchen stuff. This store is actually from Denmark!
The gal from the store recommended a local fish and chips place called Rock and Sole Place, which apparently opened in 1871. Food was good, except it was still expensive. One of the things I learned this time is that eating inside the restaurant can be much more expensive than taking something to-go. For example, the cod fish and chips is £10 if it’s to-go, but £13.50 if you eat in. That’s a 35% difference! Service was not bad though. But next time I’d still opt for the to-go menu.
After a meal, you gotta walk it off. Well, before that it was an attempt at trying to get tickets to Wicked, but that failed miserably as the show was sold out. So then it was a walk from Victoria Station over to the Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament, and across the river to Southwark all the way to the Tate Modern – and who knew the Tate Modern was still open for another hour (on Fridays and Saturdays the Tate Modern closes at 10pm)! So that was the evening’s special treat.
After taking in most of the fun at the Tate Modern, it was back on the road to Bloomsbury.