First stop, the Natural History Museum
In the main Hintze hall, I was met by giraffe skeletons
Before I looked at the whale skeleton I looked at some of the exhibits round the hall
this was found in Australia, and it is dated at 2.6 million years old...
once I'd walked all round the gallery level, I headed down to the Dinosaur display...
they have to keep the light levels very low, so the photos I took aren't fantastic. will try again next time!
this is another entrance to the Natural History Museum
but it was closed, they are putting the finishing touches to a new (charging) exhibition that opens at the end of the month - I did know it would be shut, so wasn't too disappointed
to my next (and final as it ended) destination of the day....
Kensington Palace, former home of the Princess of Wales
seems people leave flowers all year round at the gates
I can get into the Palace on my season ticket to the Historic Royal Palaces I use at the Tower of London and Hampton Court, but have never been here before (inside)
inside, murals cover the walls of the impressive staircase
this is the Travolta dress
I loved this exhibit, a highly decorative, handpainted page from a book entitled Twelve Months of Flowers by Robert Huber, done in 1730
this was the winding path to the garden - bit like a maze!
On my way back at the end, I stopped at the top of some steps to take a view of it from higher up
not sure if you'll be able to read it if you enlarge the picture
When Prince William and Harry were shown on TV on the day before the anniversary, they were down at pond level, but sadly we're only allowed to see it from the pathway that runs all round the garden - but you do get a good view of the garden from there...
I took lots! The sun was still shining - unlike when William and Harry (and Kate) were filmed in the pouring rain
so that was Kensington Palace, and I was heading for - well, I didn't know exactly.
but as I walked down Kensington High Street, I caught sight of this beautiful church - which, funnily enough, I had read about in my "London's Secret Places" book
I bought the book at the end of last year I think, from the Kew bookshop,with an idea to visit somewhere other than Kew, and came upon it by chance (I had left the book at home as there isn't room in my camera bag for it)
St Mary Abbotts church, on a site where there has been a church for 1000 years, this version is Victorian, in the neo-gothic style
It is open to the public, for prayer and reflection and I did go inside, but there were people in there so I didn't like to take any photos inside (this stained glass window was pretty impressive inside!)
walking back to the main road, past these ancient tombstones (love an old tombstone!)
and from there, (where I belatedly realised I hadn't put the pedometer app on, so no idea how far I walked) I decided to head for the tube and home...
So, no rain at all after the first five minutes (thank goodness!) and a lovely day.
Tomorrow..... not sure, but possibly heading back to Hampton Court. stay tuned!