After a quick breakfast bought from Cafe Nero, we headed to Earlham Street and a shopping mall by Donmar Warehouse to go to Silverworks, where Scott bought two silver rings.
Seven Dials where seven road converge and a sundial pillar is erected, but with only 6 sundial faces. In the 19th century, this was one of the most notorious slum areas in London.
We were headed to the Courtauld Institute of Art at Somerset House. The Courtauld is an centre for art history and art conservation studies but has a small art gallery. We walked past the Royal Opera House.
At the Courtauld, Sidney wanted to see Van Gogh.
I wanted to see Manet’s Bar at the Folies Bergere.
We also looked at an exhibition of Tiepolo oil sketches, entitled All Spirit and Fire. From the Courtauld Gallery, we walked through the courtyard into Somerset House, which had been a royal residence pre-Buck House, and out onto the Thames river side of the buildings to walk along Victoria Embankment.
Richard I statue at Parliament
lunch at Tate Britain – the mural is entitled The Expedition in Pursuit of Rare Meats and painted by Rex Whistler in 1927
We went to Tate Britain to see the Gothic Nightmare exhibition and to see the Turners as well as some other British painters.
The closest tube station is a bit of a ways away so we decided to take a taxi and were dropped at Selfridges department store. We passed the Wellington Monument along the way.
We checked out various floors at Selfridges and then stores on Oxford Street. Lots of looking but no one bought anything. We returned to the hotel for some drinks and to get changed for dinner.
We had dinner at The Ivy, a very popular London restaurant, which has a huge menu of almost everything. The place was very busy and a lot of children were dining (or running around). For mains we had shepherd’s pie, gnocchi, hamburger and chicken tikka masala — English, Italian, American and Indian. Food was tasty but after Gordon Ramsay, it was hard to rate The Ivy highly.
We got back to our rooms and packed as our flight back to Calgary was scheduled for 12:30 p.m. the next day.