Monday, 21 February 2011

A grey day in London

Considering how easy it is for us to get to London, we don't go very often. My husband had been given tickets to the Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead Exhibition at the British Museum so off we went. Eldest son came in from university by train and we met up outside the museum on a very damp chilly day.

It was the first time I had been to this museum and it was brilliant. The exhibition was good too although it was very crowded and I felt quite claustrophobic amongst so many people - a wet Sunday morning was probably not the best time to go.

The rest of the day was spent wandering around the area taking photographs and visiting bookshops with plenty of stops for coffee, lunch and hot chocolate to warm us up.

The buildings in the area around the museum are very impressive.

I like the mixture of old and new all jumbled together, this shop selling umbrellas established in 1830

and then these very bright modern buildings.

We walked around Chinatown, more colour brightening up a grey day

although some of the decorations were being dismantled, the end of the New Year celebrations I suppose.

After a late afternoon hot chocolate to warm us, we went our separate ways. London was looking very grey as we left

and then just as we drove past Harrods all the lights were switched on. A last bit of brightness to end the day.


ginny said...

i love the British museum but have not been for a while. the exhibition looks great, though i too get claustrophobic if squashed in. What a nice thing to do with your family on a rainy sunday, did you have to go and purchase an umbrealla from that amazing shop to keep dry then? wishing you a lovely half term week.
ginny x

The List Writer said...

You found some great colour!

The British Museum is one of my absolute favourites, and always somewhere I head for if I have a spare half hour to kill in central London. I love the Egyptian galleries but have not seen Book of the Dead - yet!

Heather L. said...

I've been thinking about you and wondering how you have been. Glad you made it to London, though sorry it was such a grey day. My husband would have loved to go to that exhibition.