We normally only go to London for work – which is pretty dull, not only because it’s work (which sucks 😉 ), but because it is also very busy, dirty and not by choice. So, thanks to our opportunity to be in London (at IBM’s expense; a big thank-you for Laetitia’s hard work) we took the chance to visit a few tourist attractions that normally don’t get a look-in between rushing to the office and back to Euston to get back home again.
We kicked off with the Science Museum (having seen the National History Museum already). This was interesting, but to be honest, a bit of a let down. We had expected a far far more interactive experience, and a lot more “how stuff works” than simply endless display cases of historical gadgets.
The bridge was great. Views in London are tricky, always blocked by bloody great big buildings, but from the bridges over the Thames it all looks much more impressive.
However, St Paul’s Cathedral was a big let down. Not the building – that’s a fantastic piece of architecture! They have started charging a £10 entrance fee! That’s a lot of money. Sure, as they say it costs £7m a year to maintain the cathedral. But they also say that they get 1.5m visitors a year. By my reckoning that is somewhere near £15m in entrance fees (maybe a bit less because of concessions etc.). So, even after staff costs for operating and securing the entrance cash desks, there’s surely a fair profit in there to visit a church!!! :angry:
Back across the Millennium Bridge is the Tate Modern, which is free. 🙂 Shown below is the massive exhibit that made me feel like I’d walked into a scene from the “War of the Worlds”! Not sure I’d call it art, but it was certainly creative.
Walking back towards Covent Garden we passed this little piece of home… 😎