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Borough Market

Squeezing in a photo-heavy post on Borough Market in London!

Borough Market

Borough Market

tomatoes

tomatoes

cherries

cherries

lavender

lavender

brownies and cakes

brownies and cakes

eggs

eggs

paella

paella

Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

exotic meats

exotic meats

drinks

drinks

juices

juices

coffee

coffee

camel burger

camel burger

paella

paella

scallops

scallops

duck confit sandwich

duck confit sandwich

random dancing

random dancing

kids who cannot sit still

kids who cannot sit still

homeless children

homeless children

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A Clear Day in London

I think I’m never going to finish blogging about our Europe trip! Will still try my best just so I have a record of the highlights for myself. It was quite cloudy the whole time we were in London until the last couple of days, so we took advantage of the very first clear day we had to take some photos!

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The Book of Mormon

One of the highlights of the trip was being able to catch a musical! We were initially trying to find a musical that Anya could watch but it seems the only one that allows kids in is The Lion King, which we had already seen in Singapore. Our travelling companions were very kind and offered to look after the kids so that we could have a date night without the kids.

The Book of Mormon was the show I really wanted to watch when I was in New York with Debs last year but we didn’t get around to catching it. I’m so happy we managed to get tickets to watch it in London because it’s ridiculously funny! The show is by the creators of South Park and is about two young Mormon missionaries sent to Uganda to share The Book of Mormon with unexpected results. Needless to say, it is completely rude, irreverent and so entertaining. The songs are very catchy and the lyrics are a riot!

Would love to watch it again if I get the chance but I’m pretty sure it won’t come over here because it is probably considered too vulgar for Singapore and likely to be offensive to too many different groups of people.

The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon

photo credits: The Book of Mormon London

photo credits: The Book of Mormon London

photo credits: The Book of Mormon London

photo credits: The Book of Mormon London

photo credits: The Book of Mormon London

photo credits: The Book of Mormon London

British Museum

Some pictures of the pieces at the British Museum! To be perfectly honest, after having visited the American Museum of Natural History and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, it’s hard to be impressed by the British Museum and the Natural History Museum in London!

British Museum

British Museum

inside

inside

The Rosetta Stone

The Rosetta Stone

Statue of Ramesses II

Statue of Ramesses II

some winged Egyptian mythical creature

some winged human-headed Assyrian bull

Lachish relief

Lachish relief

Elgin marbles

Elgin marbles

Parthenon sculpture

Parthenon sculpture

horse head

horse head

Parthenon sculpture

Parthenon sculpture

some Mexican goddess

some Mexican goddess

Double-headed serpent turquoise mosaic

Double-headed serpent turquoise mosaic

some Mexican sculpture

some Mexican sculpture

Sculpture of a Huastec goddess

Sculpture of a Huastec goddess

Hoa Hakananai'a Easter Island statue

Hoa Hakananai’a Easter Island statue

backside

backside

National Cafe at The National Gallery

Another food post! We visited the National Gallery but we’re not allowed to take photos inside. Was devastated that Van Gogh’s Sunflowers was on loan and not available for viewing but managed to see quite a few other lovely pieces.

We had a yummy lunch at the National Cafe afterwards. The service was great and they made sure the kids were comfy and provided crayons to keep them occupied. Every dish was delicious and the chocolate dessert was so good we ordered another.

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square

National Gallery

National Gallery

the kids were given crayons and paper

the kids were given crayons and paper

munching on bread

munching on bread

buratta

buratta

crab cakes

crab cakes

burger

burger

lamb on barley

lamb on barley

spaghetti vongole

spaghetti vongole

super yummy chocolate dessert

super yummy chocolate dessert

Best Duck Ever!

After Tower of London, we popped by Shakespeare’s Globe and the Tate Modern and also took some photos of St Paul’s Cathedral before going to Four Seasons Chinese Restaurant in Chinatown for their famed roast duck. It’s seriously the BEST roast duck I’ve ever had. So tender and delicious and amazing. Just thinking about the duck is making me drool. It seems that they have a branch in Bangkok! I wonder if it’s any good.

With three little kids in tow, we decided that we’d better make reservations instead of queuing so there was a fixed per head sum that we had to make a minimum order of. Most of the dishes were okay but all paled in comparison to the duck (hence there are no pictures of the other dishes). As soon as we were done eating, the infamous slices of oranges appeared on our table, silently insinuating that it was time for us to clear off and let some other customers have our table!

Four Seasons Chinese Resturant

Four Seasons Chinese Resturant

duck of awesomeness

duck of awesomeness

oranges of dismissal

oranges of dismissal

 

Tower of London

This was one of the highlights for me! I love reading books about English history (I highly recommend ‘Wolf Hall’ and ‘Bring up the Bodies’ by Hilary Mantel) and the Tower of London has appeared in many of those books and it was just so amazing being able to see it and imagine all the exciting and tragic events that have taken place within its walls!

We took the free guided tour by one of the yeoman wardens (popularly known as the Beefeaters) and it was quite entertaining and helped us to appreciate the history of the place. It was also very cool being able to look at the crown jewels and the other priceless objects after the guided tour.

the iconic Tower Bridge

the iconic Tower Bridge

at Tower Bridge

at Tower Bridge

lions and tigers and bears! oh my!

lions and tigers and bears! oh my!

little guard

little guard

listening to our Beefeater guide

listening to our Beefeater guide

on the Beefeater tour

on the Beefeater tour

looking for some dynamite?

looking for some dynamite?

where the ravens are kept

where the ravens are kept

the Queen's house

the Queen’s house

with our guide

with our guide

where the Crown Jewels are kept

where the Crown Jewels are kept

stalking pigeons

stalking pigeons

the guards

the guards

the White Tower

the White Tower

staring at the garderobe (toilet)

staring at the garderobe (toilet)

teeny suit of armour

teeny suit of armour

looking at some old drainage bit

looking at some old drainage bit

Anya being strange

Anya being strange