Sunday morning our plans were to go by the Tube and on foot towards the British Museum and a couple blocks over to the Sherlock Holmes museum, and from there to the V&A. I'd heard about the Sherlock Holmes Museum a few years ago and had saved a photo of it on my computer in hopes of someday going there.
The Tube got us in the general area. This was our first time trying it, and after dumping us out hubby kept trying to find the museums on the map by street names. That doesn't work here. Again the streets split and some blocks change the street name. There was lots of interesting architecture to look at along the way.
Found it and the store was quite crowded, mostly adults and some kids, and the aisles were narrow, but my hunt was on for the Tardis. Howard spotted one immediately on entry in a glass case but it was about 1 ft high, too big for my suitcase, and probably too expensive. Finally found half a wall displayed with lots of stuff from the series. The best Tardis was in a locked case but turned out it was not made any longer, and was a private collection. I liked it because it had a Weeping Angel coming out the door. My second choice was not as well made (still decent) with the Doctor and Amy. It was about 8” tall, and they had a sale on them. L10 off and it can fit in the suitcase. Sold! (Still not sure how to write the pounds amounts here)
Our walk continued many more blocks back to the British Museum which blends into all the buildings so it too was hard to spot right away. There was some work going on so we passed an entrance the first time. We ended up coming in the basement level, and after walking around several floors, realized this wasn't the British history we were hoping for. It's antiquities come from many cultures going way way back to Mesopotamia, Persia, and ancient Egypt. Lots of sculptures and bits and pieces of things. This was kind of interesting hanging from the ceiling but I never found out what it was. Seemed kind of nightmarish and perfect for Halloween with skeletons flying around.
After a hour we decided to try the Victoria & Albert instead. Since we told it was quite a distance away, an hour's worth of walking and using the tube, we found the entrance to the Tube (hard to do if you don't know where to look), came out a little closer to the V&A, caught a cab and were dropped off at the museum just as heavy rain started up.
It's Fashion Week in London and that explains part of the crowds, which also included a triathlon that ran here today. But it also influenced the costumes on display at the museum which were more modern. I was hoping to see lots of costumes in the eras I'm interested in and luckily part of it had gowns and accessories from 1795 to 1908 and into the 1950s, but a much smaller exhibit. Taking photos was hard through the glass cases as there's so much reflection from the lights above and people reflected in the glass. I think I got some good ones. I especially liked seeing a couple purses from the 1860s & 1890s. If they weren't labeled, I would have thought them modern.
We also walked through a kind of time-line history of British technology and thought we would go on a guided walking tour but by the time we had got this far we were running out of steam. Trying to do three museums in one day along with all the other walking was too much. Just the V&A itself has 7 miles of floor space.
It was Sunday Roast Day and I chose a roast chicken with Yorkshire Pudding. Howard had a chicken pie. Since they had Treacle Pudding for dessert we shared one of those. It's kind of like gingerbread with some fruit bits and ice cream on top. It was lovely, as the gentlemen here like to say, which makes me giggle every time I hear it.