We’ve come to a sad, sad moment here. This is our last proper day in London. I didn’t book any tours for this day because I wanted to spend time seeing things that, well, weren’t part of any tour. We mapped out our day the night before, slept in a tiny bit, and headed out to find a full English breakfast!
Salt & Pepper – A Full English Breakfast
I was determined to have a full English breakfast before we left London. So on the last day, I made sure of it! I spent a good amount of time looking online the night before to see 1) a place close to the British Museum and 2) the best place in London to get a full English. My research came up with a restaurant called Salt & Pepper. This place is literally a hole in the wall with a door that doesn’t close all the way and maybe 6 tables. The food was absolutely amazing! Briam says that this meal was definitely tied for his favorite, and I don’t disagree.
The British Museum
Our first stop after our delicious breakfast was the British Museum. It was so cute to see all of the little groups of kids who were visiting for school! They had these neon yellow crossing guard-esque vests on and all held hands. They had packets of work they had to complete around the museum which is something I wish I could’ve done as a kid!
Honestly there was so much in the museum that I can’t remember what most of my pictures are of. We saved all of the maps from each museum just to have a basic idea of what we were looking at. The British Museum currently houses a huge amount on Egyptian artifacts, sculptures, and art. It was amazing to see these ancient pieces of history.
You know I had to take a picture of this absolutely stunning crown! The first thing I thought when I saw this was “original Snapchat filter”! I would happily walk around in real life with that gorgeous crown on my head! The details were so intricate and precise. I would feel fabulous wearing that.
The “main attraction” I guess you could call it was the Rosetta Stone. We walked through most of the museum before we were able to get close enough to take pictures of it! I thought a lot of people were around the Mona Lisa, but that was nothing compared to this. I definitely understand why though, with such significant historical importance capturing a picture of it is a must-do on one’s trip to the museum.
The London Eye
Alright, I have to confess something, I was terrified during the entire ride on the London Eye. The only reason I went on it was because it was the one thing my dad asked of me. He didn’t want a gift, he wanted to see pictures from the top of the London Eye. I managed to get 3 semi-decent pictures, but Briam was able to get much more. The minute we stepped on to the capsule I immediately sat on the bench and refused to move.
There are 32 capsules that represent the 32 boroughs of London. It takes a solid 30 minutes to go all the way around because it moves so slowly. I’m happy to report that I survived and have checked riding the London Eye off my bucket list!
The National Gallery
After the London Eye, we headed to Trafalgar Square to visit the National Gallery. I made it a point to visit this museum because there were paintings from Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Van Eyck. Being able to see works from these famous artists was amazing. There were also plenty of very interesting paintings throughout the rest of the museum! I’ve added a few of the more “interesting” ones below.
The painting is called “Birth of the Milky Way”. I know I shouldn’t have laughed at this, but I did. There is literally milk shooting from a breastfeeding mother with stars at the end. The Milky Way came from a woman. I don’t think I’m upset at this. Of course us women would create something so magical.
I picked this one just for the sheer size of it! Floor to ceiling with the frame and all. The vibrant colors, extensive detail, the muscle definition, and more. All of it is beyond stunning. I wish I remember who the artist was, but at some point I was too tired and just kept moving while taking pictures.
I don’t really have anything to say about these. They’re just pieces that make you tilt your head and say “What in the world is happening here?”. Nevertheless, we got to see some very impressive art.
Banana Tree – An IndoChinese Dinner
After spending many hours strolling through the museums, it was time to get our last dinner in London. I wanted something unique, different than we had already tried, and big. I knew we wouldn’t be eating much on our flight the next day, so a hearty meal was definitely in order.
We found this super fun Indo-Chinese restaurant called Banana Tree in Soho. For a starter we had the Sticky Thai Wings and they were beyond delicious! I definitely want to try to make them at home now! For dinner I had the Legendary Rendang (above) and Briam had the Seafood Kari Santan Melayu (below). It was pretty busy, but we were able to get seats at a bar by the window. I don’t know how the staff moved around everyone, but they sure did!
Camera used on the trip: Canon G7 X Mark ii
Backup battery: Canon
Hardcase luggage: Travelhouse 3-Piece Set
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