Museums & Pubs

Friday, April 29th

We head out to the West End today.  Ryan has located one of the few remaining police boxes in london so we depark at Earl’s Court for a photo opp.

Just down the road is my favorite traditional pub, the Churchill Arms.  Very cool interior with multiple tributes to the Queen’s 90th, burning fires in a couple of the rooms, a nice set of cask options, and great food.  Oddly enough, the menu is all Thai.  I’ve been looking for something hot and got it big-time.

While at the Churchill, I spotted an advert for a book ‘Pub Dogs of London’.  A regular in the pub suggests I try the local bookstore and grab the last copy. Hilarious with a number of the hounds featured from the Chuchill itself.   While there, ‘Busters’ owner stops in and graciously autographs his page.  Love it!

We’re walking as much as we can and wander through Kensington down to the museum cluster where we check out the Victoria and Albert, Science, and Natural History museums.  The Victoria and Albert Museum is especially wonderful. I’s really hard to believe there’s no admission fees for such beautiful facilities.  While passing through Trafalgar Square we run into Jean-Paul, from Toronto, and one of our fellow travelers in Belgium.  He’s just come from the pub we’re heading to, the ‘Harp’, one of the finest London has to offer. How we connected there given there were a few thousand in the square is a pleasant mystery.

pics: Churchill Arms, ditto, Flaming Tuba, Police Box