Tag Archives: Hyde Park

Sir John Soane’s Museum

27 Mar

Saturday the 19th Sam and I walked from our dorm in West London to Holborn, which is in Central London, to visit Sir John Soane’s Museum. It was quite a long walk but the weather was fantastic: sunshine and warmth with a bit of a breeze, perfect for a good walk. We went through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, then down Oxford Street (and the shoppers’ chaos) to Holborn.

Springtime in London is beautiful, all of the parks have flowers in bloom and people out and about enjoying the sun with their families and dogs.

Speaker's Corner in Hyde Park; people come here to rant and rave about all sorts of things every Sunday.

We passed a Hare Krishna march which was very colorful and lively.

Do you know the muffin man? The muffin man? The muffin man!

The Lincoln's Inn, in Lincoln's Inn Fields.

Sir John Soane's Museum, located in Sir John Soane's house.

Sir John Soane was an architect and an art collector. His museum is interesting in that everything is open — furniture and sculptures and paintings all occupy former parlour’s and living rooms and the basement. The downside to this is that you can’t really see everything as some objects are on the bottom shelf or top shelf and the lighting is original to the house so it is quite dim. It was still fun to wander around an upper class London home and admire the vast quantities of books Soane owned.

After the museum Sam and I met another friend, Tracy, for Indian food in Brick Lane. Another delicious end to a beautiful day in London. I will miss Brick Lane when I go back to Boston…

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The Thomas family arrives

3 Mar

On Saturday the 18th my family (Mom, Dad, and my older brother Mark) came to visit for about a week. Since the only other member of my family who had been to London (the UK, or Europe, for that matter) is my dad, it was exciting to have Mom and Mark see what it’s like outside the states and the Caribbean. Our first order of business was breakfast at a pub, the Builder’s Arms, so that they could experience a traditional English breakfast. Mark and Dad even tried Black Pudding, which is a fried circle of pig’s blood. Needless to say, neither Mom nor I tried it.

After breakfast I took them to the Victoria and Albert Museum, making it my fourth trip there in a month. Jack met us there and we went through a few exhibits including: Jewelry, Silver, and Theatre and Performance. Here’s a brief look at what we saw:

We weren't supposed to take pictures of the jewelry but I was unaware for a few pictures worth...

Dame Edna's "Breakfast" dress

Sweeney Todd stage lighting display. Quick explanation as to why I would bother posting this: Sweeney Todd is my favorite musical. This display let you change the lights to chage the setting of the play. It was a great way to show how much of a role lighting plays in staging a show and setting the mood. (theatre nerd out)

Scar from The Lion King stage production

A first folio of Shakespeare. (had a mini nerdy freakout over this baby)

My new boyfriend.

A silver lion, my new pet.

I love doves

Trinket boxes

After the museum we took a long walk to Buckingham Palace which took us through Hyde Park. It was cold but a nice walk. We ate at the original Hard Rock Cafe, which was delicious.