My latest trip to London was to visit the infamous “psychology conference”… and, ofc, to debrief with my MI6 handler. I also used the opportunity to tick off many of the last big museums in London that I had yet to visit, as well as Brighton and St. Albans.
As I explained on the previous London post an hour ago, my England travel posts will be text short and image heavy. I don’t see the need to write about it in any depth – in any case, I have already made all or almost all the “sociological” observations I wanted to make back in England 2016.
I know CDG Airport has a poor reputation, but could I just point out that it’s rather beautiful?
Also Air France is great. They are cheap and they have some of the least bad airplane food around, with generous servings of wine. I have been flying with Aeroflot to date but Air France is better for Moscow/London.
Until Wizz Air starts doing 50 GBP flights come this October or so, anyway.
Churchill’s War Bunker
Very good (if pricy) museum that showcases Churchill’s life, as well as his bunker living quarters during the Blitz.
Allow yourself about 2 hours for a thorough experience.
I will admit that I came away with a better opinion of Winston Churchill after this (modestly positive to moderately positive). He had a very derring-do character that was quite admirable.
This is where Sadiq Khan works.
The City of London is like its own state within its state, subject to its own ancient regulations.
City Police Museum
Museum of London
This is an excellent London history museum, which is in a rather scenic location along the London Wall.
The collection is rationally arranged and has detailed descriptions.
Bank of England Museum
Finally managed to visit this place.
The interior is gorgeous:
Some of my favorite paintings there (some known, a couple much less so):
Imperial War Museum
It was a pretty anodyne museum TBH, nothing much of interest for people already familiar with WW2. But full marks for aesthetics.
Do they really need to add a Holocaust section to every war museum?
There’s a couple of notable things about Brighton:
1. It is considered to be England’s gay capital.
2. It is the only part of England where the Green Party has a reliable seat.
Visiting Brighton Pavilion, I finally realized why I have such an inordinate love for casinos, the Moscow Metro. Grand, luxurious, & KITSCHY aura… but ALIVE – the last refuges against gray bugman uniformity.
And NOT under steric conservation like palace museums.
(Not my photo).
British Airways i360
This is kitschy, but a cool attraction nonetheless.
This is the Brighton Gin & Tonic – basically a gin & tonic, but with this candy in it. Not impressed.
Brighton Fishing Museum.
Brighton Palace Pier
This seems to be a small, nice, typical historical town close to London.
Checking Out St. Albans Cathedral and Its Spire
This is a very good museum about the Roman settlement of Verulamium, which preceded St. Albans.
Ye Olde Fighting Cock
This is supposed to be the oldest pub in England.
Oops… a wrong turn down into the basement.
The food was excellent FTR.
Back to London
Random Scenes of London
While not the biggest fan of Iranian cuisine, the “Iran Restaurant” is about as authentic as it gets. Great place.
Odds & Ends
Interesting that Jordan B. Peter’s 12 Rules for Life is being advertised in the London Tube.
Because kettlebells are not a fad introduced to the West by Pavel Tsatsouline?
What the “intelligentsia” are reading.