London round 2

This post is three days late, but (in my opinion) still worth sharing!

On Saturday, we took another trip to London! Miles, Johnny, and I took a morning train to St. Pancras and the underground to arrive at the museums. There was a really yummy smelling bakery right next to the underground exit, and I gave in to their well placed marketing scheme and made us all stop to buy cookies. Although I dropped one on the ground not even 10 feet out of the doorway, the day only went up from there.

Our first stop of the day was the Natural History Museum! We hoped to beat the crowds, but ended up having a line to wait in anyways. It moved fast, though, and soon we were in the doors easy peasy. My favorite thing about the London museums is that they’re all free! Apparently, they recently tried to change it and wanted to start charging people entry (like all the museums I’ve ever been to in America), but there was quite an uproar about it. So they’re still free. A lot of people, adults mostly, still donate money instead of paying to get in, and the special exhibitions still cost money.

We, however, were not interested in any one thing so just wandered around instead. Honestly, my favorite part of the whole museum was probably the entry hall. The entire building, in fact, is incredible! Both the outside and the entryway were quite old and elaborate, with detailed and timeless architecture. The rest of the building was also quite beautiful but the exhibits were the focus instead of the building.

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The Natural History Museum
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The Natural History Museum
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The Natural History Museum
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The entryway to the museum, Hintze Hall
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Very cool dinosaur skeleton

I read that in 2017, this skeleton will actually be replaced by a blue whale skeleton! This cast of the Diplodocus has been here for 35 years, so it seems pretty iconic.

We wandered through the mammal, dinosaur, bird, reptile, and several other small exhibits. Also, the gift shop. There were several school trips there and I think little kids with British accents are just the cutest darn things ever, so it was hard to be annoyed at the number of small children.

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Blue whale
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Elephant and rhinos
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Giraffe
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I don’t know if the bear or the fact that I made this face is scarier
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Something reptilian

After a nice time at this museum, we walked next door to the Science Museum. The nice thing about free admission is not having to commit a huge amount of time, trying to make the admission price worthwhile. We didn’t stay as long in this museum, but still saw some cool things. It had quite an awesome gift shop, as well.

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Giant interactive projection wall, part of the “Who am I?” exhibit
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A piece of rock from the moon

Literally my one chance at taking this picture and I couldn’t even make it not blurry. Well done, Nicole.

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Old cars
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Models of space technology

Next on the day’s agenda, we headed to Piccadilly Circus, which was a really lively and fun part of London. There were street performers and even (randomly) Minnie and Mickey Mouse.

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Piccadilly Circus
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Piccadilly Circus

Then, we walked through Chinatown, which was actually quite large and we thought we were lost in for a few minutes. We were on the search for food and ended up just going to Pret for sandwiches again, although it was cool walking through Chinatown.

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Chinatown

Then, to wrap up the day, we went to Camden Market. I didn’t really know what to expect here, and it was definitely a more grungy part of London. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised though, considering the size of the city- it definitely encompases many different atmospheres. We didn’t buy anything, but there was tons of food, clothes, and weird little trinkets. There were SO many people that it was quite overstimulating.

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Camden
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Camden Market

This one shop, Cyberdog, Johnny made us go in because it was so wild. There was electronic music blaring and dancers dressed in metallics throughout the store. Strobe lights and black lights were also present. It was crazy and gave me a literal headache after not even five minutes!

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Cyberdog shop

Seeing so many different parts of London has been really amazing. It’s such a massive and diverse city, but there really is beauty everywhere. I definitely plan on taking a train down from Nottingham to see some more when I start Uni!

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.

Matthew 6:33

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