I always love to travel to London at any time of the year. In the last 47 years I have been to London numerous times in all Seasons. There is no end of things to do and see, be it the opera, the theatre and yes we have seen extremely good theatre in London, museums and collections or just the pleasure of discovering a corner of the city not seen by tourists. Seeing friends and having a nice visit with them as we did again this time with J. and D.N., how Enigma Variations of me to just give out initials.
We stayed at the Bailey’s Hotel, 140 Gloucester Road in South Kensington, an hotel Will remembered well. It is very central and close to so many things, the underground is just across the street, lots of shops, restaurants, etc.
We visited the Globe theatre, it was my first visit to the site on the South side of the Thames just across from St-Paul’s Cathedral. Southwark (pronounced Suthick) is an interesting neighbourhood. The Globe is next door to Tate Modern Museum which is located in a former power plant. The whole area has been revitalized and is nothing like it was some 30 years ago, very vibrant.
We also discovered with our friend D.N. who has a most interesting blog and who recommends great books to read, he has the nose for books, his suggestions never fail to interest. http://davidnice.blogspot.ca A garden which has been a fixture of London for centuries, I had never heard of it and it is a fascinating place, Chelsea Physic Garden founded in 1673, located at 66 Royal Hospital Road in Chelsea and across the Thames from Battersea Park.
Tucked away beside the Thames, Chelsea Physic Garden is a celebration of the beauty and importance of plants. Founded in 1673 it is one of London’s oldest botanic gardens and contains a unique living collection of around 5,000 different edible, useful, medicinal and historical plants within its sheltering walls.
Omnia mirari etiam tritissima ( wonder at everything, even the most everyday things), motto of botanist Carl Linnaeus 1707-1778.
Linnaeus was a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, who formalized the modern system of naming organisms called binomial nomenclature. He is known by the epithet “father of modern taxonomy”.
Sir Hans Sloane, 1660-1753, eminent physician is another person who was involved with the creation of this garden. To this day the Chelsea Physic Garden remains a wonder to visit.
We also walked some 22 km in London, it is a good city for walking. We also visited the Victoria and Albert Museum, there is always something fascinating to see and it is so well curated.
We only had 2 days this time in London and it was a busy time but so delightful.