Today was a full day but special day. We started off early for a quick look at the British Library. In the past it was, like the Victorian State Library, combined with the British Museum. However in the early 1990s it was relocated to a purpose built building near Kings Cross/ St. Pancras station. The alternative motive was also to see how long it took to get to St. Pancras as we would be departing from here in a few days on the EuroStar train to Paris.
The train station quite iconic and has featured in many films. The library was within a short distance from the station. It had an Alice in Wonderland theme relating to a 150 year anniversary.
Around the library were various galleries and exhibitions and closed off collections only accessible to registered readers as well as breakout and study spaces. I talked briefly to a librarian at the information desk and spent sometime getting some souvenirs at the gift shop
We made our way back to the hotel and then to a special lunch. A friend had recommended a rather posh Kensington roof gardens or the Babylon restaurant at the roof gardens that had a two course lunchtime almost affordable deal. We had arranged for my daughter to come in and join us for this special lunch as a farewell till we saw her return to Australia at the end of the year.
The food and views were amazing. We were not able to tour all of the gardens as there was a function being held in English garden that has live flamingos that we could see from the restaurant. We did have a tour of the Spanish garden with some other diners.
In the evening my son and I went to Piccadilly Circus and went through Ripley’s Believe it or not. My son enjoyed it. I found it a bit commercial and glitzy. We had a late snack at an Eastern European Pastry shop.