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July 27 2011 - London - Wallace Collection

LONDON

semi-overcast 20 °C

First stop today was the Wallace Collection, an off-the-beaten-track private museum containing an amazing number of old masters and other works of art. There are 9 Canalettos as well as paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyke, Murillo, Titian and Hals (The Laughing Cavalier) displayed in an intimate grand town-house. And incredibly, admission is free

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From there we took a tube to High Street Kensington to visit the Roof Gardens (now owned by Virgin). They are quite astonishing and the fixed-price lunch menu in the Babylon restaurant looks good value. Surprisingly, there were very few people there

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We were meeting Roisin and Angela near Carnaby Street for a late lunch, so strolled through Kensington Gardens and Hyde park to Knightsbridge to pick up another tube

That evening we fancied a riverside drink and after a lot of messing around, finally came across the Founders Arms to watch the Thames glide by. This pub is just down from the Millennium Footbridge on the southside of the river (near the Tate Modern and Globe Theatre). The pubs on the other side are really awful and have virtually no views

Posted by kforge 09:00 Archived in United Kingdom

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