Friday, 5 August 2011

A load of rollocks!

We had a properly touristy day today, beginning with a trip to the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green. It's a great, free museum, filled with all kinds of toys and bits and pieces documenting childhood across the globe and through time. Lots of nostaligia! We spent a good few hours there before having a delicious lunch at an Italian place opposite the museum called Italina.
Our next stop was the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden. I've been wanting to visit for years, and it didn't disappoint. It is interesting without being dry, interactive without being gimmicky, and also surprisingly diverse in its exhibits, juxtaposing geeky train facts with wonderful artwork amd fascinating memorabilia. We spent another good few hours there. My feet began to hurt and so I had a bit of a rest in a vintage tube carriage while James had a go on the tube driving sim!
After all this time in museums we wanted some fresh air so headed to Hyde Park to hire a boat on the Serpentine. However when we got there, we found that the lake was closed for a triathlon! A quick Google showed that Regent's Park was still hiring boats out until 7 so we decided to get a bus over there. We took out a rickety plastic rowing boat, and had fun trying to do it properly, but broken rollocks and stumpy oars meant that we didn't go very fast! Enjoyed it though.
We were by then too late to carry out our plan of taking one of the old Routemaster buses which still serve route 9. So we walked along the South bank to Monument station where we could catch the Docklands Light Railway to Limehouse and home. A pretty tiring day, but lots of fun.

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