Grant Museum of Zoology
This tiny museum was set up to house a zoological and entomological teaching collection for the University of London (now UCL) and comprises over 68,000 specimens. It’s really refreshing to learn about the animal kingdom by studying skeletons in cases and specimens in jars. The most unusual object is a tightly packed jar of 18 moles. The museum is open Monday to Saturday 1-5 pm, but I recommend getting to one of their evening events if possible, especially the “dead, life drawing” classes.
A weird old curio full of skeletons, stuff & embalmed animals - well worth a look - it's small, so you only need 30minutes or so (though we've often got stuck in there for hours). Check out the opening times with are suitably odd. Just around the corner. Check out the opening times with are suitably…
Skeletons and preserved remains of animals large and small in Victorian-style glass cases.
From a jar of tiny moles to a huge elephant skull that helps to explain the Cyclops myth (its large central cavity could well be a monocular eye socket), there is plenty here to draw gasps of amazement.
“Speed boat up the Thames to see the Thames Barrier. Great fun on a sunny day. Set off from outside Big Ben and Parliament.”
“Afternoon Tea at Claridge’s Hotel, observing our nation’s culinary heritage for the best part of 150 years. For a century or more, our Executive Chefs have remained faithful to the classic combination of finger sandwiches, scones served warm, and sweet pastries. Our ingredients are painstakingly sourced, skilfully prepared and served fresh each day. The centrepiece of afternoon tea is, of course, the drink itself. Our wonderful tea connoisseur, Henrietta Lovell, has scoured the world to bring us delicious tea from small, little known producers from the four corners of the world. Working hand in hand with our Executive Chef, Martyn Nail.”
“Store reviving 1920s to 1940s glamour in its vintage-inspired and reproduction outfits and footwear.”
“Traditional English Afternoon Tea The Thames Foyer is very much the heart of The Savoy. A stunning glass dome floods this sociable spot with wonderful natural light – and beneath this, a pianist serenades guests from a winter garden gazebo, as they enjoy our world-famous afternoon tea. Afternoon Tea at The Savoy is an enduring custom where guests can choose from a range of teas served with finger sandwiches, homemade scones with clotted cream & jam and a mouth-watering selection of seasonal cakes and pastries created by The Savoy’s Executive Pastry Chef, Ludwig Hely.”
“Duck under the arches behind Maltby Street and you'll arrive at Druid Street, a much more rough-and-ready street-food market. On this stretch, signs are few and far between so it helps to follow your nose. Pojang serves up authentic Korean street-food, Decatur has the best oyster po boys and Rock My Bowl's smoothie bowls manage to make breakfast genuinely exciting. The revolving weekly stalls mean you'll find new vendors every time. On our last visit we discovered Jake's Soul Spread selling incredible jams on their Druid Street debut. The treacle-thick salted butter with honey even comes with a soul and funk breakfast soundtrack.”