When Charlie’s parents were visiting, Charlie took us on a de tour of London. It was a sunny Saturday, one of those days I call ‘a museum day.’ I am still surprised at how many free museum we have in the city and they are good museums!
Sir John Soane’s Museum in London
Our first stop was Sir John Soane’s Museum. An architect and a collector transformed his home in central London into something I never even thought existed! Definitely pop in, really worth a visit.
Royal College of Surgeons
From the architect’s house we took off to the Royal College of Surgeons (admission free) through the Lincoln’s Inn fields full of large and beautiful Plane Trees. Such a beautiful day!
When you have guests, who have been to London many times before, you try to avoid crowded places and therefore back streets are the best way to show a different side of London. Secret passages are a good starting point.
The Old Curiosity Shop
Out of the passageway and we are greeted by this London’s hidden gem. How cute is this shop!
The Royal Courts of Justice
Really love this building. It looked so beautiful against the baby blue sky.
New Street Square
More walking and we appeared next the the Living wall in New Street Square, the area between the City and West End.
Samuel Johnson’s house
Hidden away, situated to the North of Fleet Street, Samuel Johnson’s house can be found among London’s historic passages and courtyards. S. Johnson is an English author who made a significant contribution to English literature, after 9 years of work, his Dictionary of English Language was published in 1755.
He wrote: ‘Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life: for there is in London all that life can afford.’
Say hello to Samuel’s cat Hodge.
The Iron Figure
At the junction of Shoe Lane and St Bride Street we found this iron man, a a real size iron figure by Antony Gormley.
St Bartholomew’s Hospital
Did you watch the In the brilliant BBC series Sherlock Holmes starring Benedict Cumberbatch? In the final episode “The Reichenbach Fall” Sherlock jumps off the St Bartholomew’s Hospital’s roof, pictured below.
If you look closer at the building, you will see the pockmarks in the wall from World War II.
St Bartholomew’s Church
Next to the hospital, we also popped into one of London’s oldest Churches, founded in 1123
We finished our de tour in Farringdon from where we took the train back to Brockley for some overdue tea and homemade cake.