On a rainy Sunday (no, it’s not an usual Sunday in London), visiting the Churchill war rooms is always a good idea. Beside the 10 Downing Street, you will find a bunker entrance housing the secret WW2 bunker (from where Churchill led the country from 1939 to 1945) and the Churchill museum. Open to the public only in 1984 by Margaret Tatcher (a great admirer of the former Prime Minister), this historic underground had been closed at the end of the WW2. After a lot of rebuilding, everyone can now discover what was the day-to-day organisation of the war cabinet. Protected from the bombs, you will pass along the map room (to follow the enemy and allies attacks), the radio room to broadcast the famous Churchill’s speech, a machine room to ensure a comprehensive autonomy to the buildings, and the bedrooms of the closest colleagues. The Churchill museum has been built in an addition to the underground. A fascinating testimonial of the Great Man through the letters from Clementine (his wife) and his friends, his exchanges with Roosevelt, his views on the “Cold War”, a chronological approach from his childhood to his first steps in Politics, you will learn everything on this brilliant speaker, intellectual, impatient and choleric man who also got a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1971 and who painted figurative artworks. Please allow 2 hours at least to get the most of the visit (an audioguide is included in the tour). A bit expensive (£17) but it is definitely worth it.
After several attempts (and failures), we have eventually booked an Afternoon Tea at the Orangery. A beautiful XVIIIth century place where we recommend tasting a tea and enjoying the view above Hyde Park rather than ordering a full afternoon tea (even if the price is not so expensive). Take the opportunity to walk in the gardens and to discover the last exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery -currently a Zaha Hadid’s tribute to discover in a next post. And if you are with your children or if you are just a Victoria era’s admirer, visit the Kensington Palace, a more intimate castle where you will share the most intimate soties of the princesses who had lived there. Continue reading “Afternoon tea at The Orangery & Kensington Palace”
A walking in the City of London, a must-see district to admire the perfect match between the pure tradition and the cutting-edge modernity. Wether if you are a shopping addict, a history buff, a terrace hunter or a wine lover, the City of London has something for you, even if you’re not working nearby. Please stop at Leadenhall market, our crush.