Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Day 9 cont'd: River bus, Tate Britain & The Ripper

After visiting Tate Modern museum, we took a water bus to Tate Britain museum. It was easy to do and fun. The pier with a ticket booth is very near Tate Modern, and our travel Oyster cards (good for Tube and bus) got us a discount. The boat was comfortable. Some of the boats even had bars in them with food and drink, I saw someone drinking a bottle of beer on a different boat. I doubt you'd see glass bottles of beer being handed over on a U.S. boat.

Views from the boat. I was surprised at the strength of the current and the swells on the Thames. It's a tidal river.

First order of business, a very late lunch at The White Swan. There should be a word for meals at 3 or 4 o'clock. We missed lunch every day.

We didn't have much time left to tour Tate Britian. So I went straight to the works that I've admired since childhood.

The Lady of Shalott by Waterhouse.

Ophelia by Sir John Everett Millais.

Then I kicked up my speed and had time to find this room of sculpture by Henry Moore before getting kicked out of the museum.

We got on the Tube and made our way to the Tube stop where we would meet the retired police officer and author who does an amazing Jack the Ripper Tour. Recommended! Yes, it's a touristy thing to do. But this guy is GOOD. His name is Donald Rumbelow.  He starts the tour here, in front of a piece of the old London wall that surrounded The City. The tour lasted two hours and it was very cold. But he told it so well, it didn't matter. Five stars.

After the tour, we got back on the Tube and thankfully were able to find a very late birthday dinner at an Italian restaurant. Although they did kick us out before we could have dessert. Thing to know: it costs 30 pence to use the restroom in the train station.

Wonderful vegetarian antipasti plate.

No birthday dessert for me, but it was a wonderful day. 

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