08.04.2012 - 09.04.2012 11 °C
We left early for a 2-hour drive to Bloomsbury in London. We booked the Grange Blooms Hotel a couple of days ago for GBP90 (including continental breakfast which they optimistically advertise for GBP17.50 per person) - we have stayed here before as the location is next to the British Museum and you can easily park in the Bloomsbury Square car park just a 2-minute walk away
First stop was the Museum for coffee and the Egyptian Room. We then spent a few hours walking around The Strand and Fleet Street - on all our visits to London, we had never seen Dr Johnson's House and just a short stroll along Wine Office Court down the side of Ye Cheshire Cheese pub brought us to 17 Gough Square - built circa 1700, it was a home and workplace for Samuel Johnson from 1748 to 1759 and the place where he compiled the first comprehensive English Dictionary
From there, a short walk brought us to St Paul's Cathedral. You can get about 50 metres into the cathedral before you reach the barrier and need to hand over GBP15 to see all of its glory (much over-rated if you ask me and, of course, we did not pay up). On the way back to the British Museum, we passed the Lyceum Theatre, formerly the Lyceum Ballroom where Led Zeppelin played on more than one occasion in the late sixties, early seventies. And what is playing there now? The Lion King!
We also visited Somerset House on the Strand - it is now a centre for culture and the arts and in the large courtyard was "Out of Sync", a large installation by London-based Chilean artist Fernando Casasempere
So finally, it was back into the British Museum before a return to the hotel to watch the vital Arsenal vs Manchester City game
The following day it was raining - what to do? Back to the British Museum of course, for several hours in the "Enlightenment Room" which used to be the Manuscript Room (they are now in the British Library)