We kept our last day in London for two museums, a theatre show and a visit to Buckingham Palace. Buckingham Palace was really huge. It has 775 rooms, with 188 of them for housemaids and 19 of them are open for visitors. We didn’t enter the palace or witness the changing of the guards. We just took some pictures and walked to St. James Park for a coffee break at Inn The Park which we discovered on our first day.
The National Gallery was just in front of us when we reached Trafalgar Square. The view of the facade was the only part of the building that remained the same since it was built between 1832-1838. The rest of the building needed to be enlarged and renewed due to its requirements.
This museum is absolutely one of the must-do things in London. The collection was very large and interesting. My favorite pieces were Bathers at la Grenouillére (Cézanne), Self Portrait at the Age of 34 (Rembrandt), Sunflowers (Vincent van Gogh), The Madonna of the Pinks (Raphael), The Supper at Emmaus (Caravaggio), and Venus and Mars (Botticelli).
The next museum we visited was the British Museum. It is definitely the right place to see pieces from the history of cultures and development of humanity. The rich collection had pieces from Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, and all around the world.
The remarkable pieces for me were The Rosetta Stone (Egypt, BC 196), Parthenon (Greece, BC 447–432), Oxus chariot model (Achaemenid empire, BC 4th century), Mummy of Katebet (Egypt, BC 1300-1280), Set of armour (Japan, 17th century), and Ife head (Nigeria, 1300s).
We had some time until the theatre show in the evening. This was a great opportunity to spend some time at the bars along the Thames. A nice walk, sunset and a few beers helped us get refreshed for the theatre.
We were so right when we decided to see a show in London. It was ‘The 39 Steps’ at Criterion Theater by Piccadilly Circus. The show was much more fun than we could imagine. It is an adaptation from John Buchan’s novel from 1915. The same novel was also the story of Alfred Hitchcock’s 39 Steps. You shouldn’t miss it if you are around.
We managed to do lots of things in a few days on our London trip. Although big cities make me a bit tired after Istanbul, we enjoyed everything we did in London. That was only an introduction for us. I am sure we are going to be visiting London much more often from now on.