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Money, Museums and Men

By Jackscott @jackscottbodrum

On the second day of our London jolly, we were planning to take in the view from the Shard, until we realised it was thirty quid a piece. So it was enough to see the tallest building in the European Union (not for much longer, of course) from the window of our hotel room. Instead we opted for a slow stroll through the City to the Museum of London. Well, it was free.

Along the way we crossed the Millennium Bridge, skirted around the magnificent St Paul’s, walked beneath Temple Bar and took a snap of Channel Four’s First Dates restaurant.

Across the Millennium Bridge City Map City Sheep First Dates Restaurant St Pauls Ghost Bus The Shard Green Post Box St Pauls Temple Bar View from the Millennium Bridge Liam and the Horse

The Square Mile may be a throbbing epicentre of money and modernity, but the street plan is distinctly medieval and there was a surprise up every alley.

A Peek at St Pauls Little Britain Lane Little Britain Medieval and Modern

The Museum of London is one of my favourites – quirky, informative and well worth the free entrance!

Bursting for a Pee Hello On the Tube Jack and Henry Museum of London

After a couple of hours traveling from pre-history to the filthy lucre, the West End beckoned and we jumped on a bus to Soho, our spiritual home.

Duke of Wellington(1) Duke of Wellington

Late lunch was a bowl of Thai at the Tuk Tuk Noodle Bar on Old Compton Street – delicious and still ridiculously cheap – followed by a happy hour or two with the brethren outside the Duke of Wellington. As the warming sun began to set, we headed back to Bankside for an early evening cuddle.

And so ended a glorious few days in the big metropolis. As writer and clergyman Donald Lupton said of London in 1632,

 ‘…she swarms with all ages, natures, sexes, callings… she seems to be a glutton, for she desires always to be full.’

Amen to that.

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