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July 28 2011 - London - City walk

LONDON

semi-overcast 24 °C

At 10am we were first through the doors of the Hunterian Museum in Lincoln's Inn Fields. This is the collection of the Royal College of Surgeons, a fascinating if sometimes gruesome history of surgery and research through the ages. An exciting find was the preserved brain of Charles Babbage

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From there we walked along Holborn and into Gray's Inn and then into Ely Place, a gated road where the church of St Etheldrede has been standing since the 13th century; it is under the jurisdiction of the Bishop of Ely and in theory the London Police have no right to enter the street!

Next was St Bartholomew's the Great in Smithfield

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And then the disappointingly shabby Hercule Poirot's apartment block (Florin Court) in Charterhouse Square; although the square is lovely

The Bank of England museum is very interesting but don't be put off by the extremely boring display in the entrance hall, the rest is great inclding Joseph Haydn's bank ledgers showing he had GBP17,500 at his death (the equivalent of about 2.6 million today)

On Monday, we didn't get as far as Little Venice on our canal walk so we decided to get the tube over to Warwick Avenue and walk down to the Little Venice Basin where the Regent's Canal meets the Grand Union Canal; apart from a reasonably nice canal vista, it's boring and very suburban with almost no cafes, despite what the guides may say

In the evening, we met Richard at the Hope and then had an exceptionally fine Thai meal at Siam Central just down the road from our apartment

Posted by kforge 10:25 Archived in United Kingdom

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