Our first day started with a lot of waiting. We landed early then had to wait almost half an hour to get a gate to disembark. It took an entire hour to get through passport control. Our ride from Heathrow to Tate Modern was almost an hour and a quarter. We just made our lunch reservation at the newest restaurant at Tate located in the new expansion building.
The U.K. Is replacing some of its coins and notes, like the 10 pound paper note with a plastic note. Before we left we sorted out all our British money that is no longer legal tender. Including pound coins, it was over 30 pounds; that’s over $50. If you go to the Bank of England you can exchange it but we didn’t want to take the time and effort.
We donated it to Tate.
We visited some of the new space but ended up looking at some of my favourites, the Rothkos.
We then headed 3 kilometres north to our hotel. St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, which is connected to St Pancras station. The hotel used to be the railway station and they have retained many of the old features.
The suite is part of the original building and offers access to the “Chambers Club”, which looks like an old boys club with free food and alcohol. Despite that we tried it during the pre-dinner canapé hours, although some people looked like they were eating dinner.
We strolled around outside for a bit before heading to dinner at the Gilbert Scott, a Marcus Wareing restauant attached to the hotel. Marcus Wareing was a Gordon Ramsay protege. We started with a drink in The George Bar, which also has really high ceilings and interesting light fixtures.