On London's architecture and its charming nooks one can write and read a lot but - as always - I am showing you only the things I consider ""the best of" London. So what I saw were fascinating exhibitions at The British Museum and Westminster Abbey, I also walked along Thames and admired beautiful butterflies near The Natural History Museum.
P.S. Contemporary architecture in London in the previous post
In the British Museum I decided to visit one part - the most interesting for me - Assyria. The monumental sculptures having more than 3000 years made a big impression on me - however, I am sure they would look better in the place they originally belong (as, in case you don't know, the collections of the British Museum are in fact what the British had found found in their ancient colonies and brought to UK).
Looking at these greek reliefs we can see the current trend in antiques restauration. The original, ancient elements must me clearly distinguishable from the elements added by the conservators-restorers.
One of the highlights of the British Museum - an amazing sculpture - fragments of colossal horses from the Mausoleum at Halikarnassos, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, 350 B.C.
I like how the shops' names are harmonizing with the Oxford Street's architecture.
It seems I have a thing for giant horses :-) This one, byMarble Arch, was supposed to stay here only temporarily, for about a month. Fortunately it is still here, since 2009 :-)
The ruins of Christ Church Greyfriars, close to St. Paul's Cathedral, were converted into a beautiful park in a very clever way. The garden has been laid out to match the floor plan - the wooden towers with climbing roses mark where the pillars used to be while box-hedged beds on either side are in the original position of the pews.
This is what you see from one of Tate Modern's top floors. On the right the Millenium Bridge, St. Paul's Cathedral in front.
The British Parliament and its clock tower - Big Ben, Neo-Gothic architecture.
This is where the Queen lives! The Buckingham Palace.
Westminster Abbey,the interior court. Fantastic Gothic architecture one of the most precious monuments of London.
St. Catherine's Docks - one of the most charming places in London. They are very close to the City and the Tower, but not all the tourists about them so it's not that crowded here.