Six Days of London in 600 Words, Part II

In this second installment, I continue to outline the points of interest from my trip to London earlier this spring.

The Regent’s Park — One of the London’s eight Royal Parks.

▲ Britain’s early spring was on display in late February in The Regent’s Park.

Harrod’s — The famous department store occupies 1.1 million square feet and has 330 departments.

The British Museum — Opened in 1753, the museum is known for its vast volume of artifacts, including famous works of international dispute.

▲ Left: Among the British Museum’s 8 million artifacts are the Parthenon Marbles (about 50 percent of the Parthenon located in Athens, Greece) and a famous Easter Island Moai (shown here) taken from the Chilean island by the crew of a British ship in November 1868. The museum’s ownership of these artifacts continues to be subject of international controversy. Right: Splurge an afternoon at Fortnum’s in the Diamond Jubilee Tea Room: Champagne, Fortnum’s famous tea blends, finger sandwiches, sweet and savory scones, and afternoon tea sandwiches. Guys, it’s not just for girls!

The Craft Beer Company, Covent Garden — 155 keg lines, 79 cask pumps, 200-plus bottles and cans.

Fortnum & Mason — Afternoon Tea, a London tradition.

Bill’s (Baker Street) — A classic English bistro.

Regent Street —A major shopping street in the West End.

▲ The distinctive curved roadway and buildings of Regent Street, laid out by architect John Nash in 1825.

The Metropolitan — Built into the old headquarters of the Metropolitan Railway, the route still runs under the building as the Metropolitan line.

Camden Town — A funky neighborhood with a labyrinth of open-air markets and eateries.

The Globe — A Marylebone favorite. It’s outdoor patio brims with guests drinking pints on warm afternoons.

Yo Sushi —Conveyor belt sushi in the Baker Street tube station.

Hamilton at Victoria Palace Arena — A highlight for Janice and Meghan.

Steely Dan with Steve Winwood at SSE Wembley Arena — While Janice and Meghan saw Hamilton, I was thrilled to see a big rock show in London with my son.

Buckingham Palace — The official home of the monarchy is open for tours 10 weeks in the summer.

▲ Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms:19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms. The Royal Standard flies atop the palace when the Sovereign is in residence.

Trafalgar Square — From Buckingham Palace, walk down the tree lined royal road called the Mall through Admiralty Arch to Trafalgar Square.

Mr. Fogg’s Tavern — “Honest British grub and delicious tipples.”

The Gherkin and the IRIS Bar — Atop London’s most instantly recognizable high rise is the IRIS Bar.

▲ Left: Tasty Indian food along the canal at Camden Town. Middle and Right: Perched high above the city in the Gherkin, IRIS Bar offers epic 360-degree views and is open to the public by reservation.

Balthazar — The London outpost of the popular New York City brasserie; our waiter was a huge Indiana Pacers fan.

Mama Mia, Novello Theatre — The cheap seats were a treat on our last night in London.

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