Thanksgiving isn’t celebrated in Britain, but that didn’t slow us down as we enjoyed the four-day weekend.
On Wednesday night, we had our thanksgiving meal. I worked a bit late, and then got home just in time for the wonderful meal. Our plan was to enjoy the cooking/eating part on Wednesday, so that we’d have all of Thursday and Friday to enjoy sites and locations in London on a weekday.
On Thursday, we spent most of our time at the Victoria and Albert museum (V&A), seeing sculpture, art, stained glass, and even some modern art. Afterwards, we wandered about Kensington.
On Friday, we went to Harrods department store, and were pretty amazed by the floor after floor of consumer craziness. After some small purchases, we had lunch at a nice French restaurant, and then returned to the V&A to see some of the photography, ironwork and British collections. We finished the day at the Natural History museum, which had set up an ice rink and Christmas village.
On Saturday, we went to Borough Market for our traditional Bacon and Egg Butties, cappuccino, hot cider and shared chocolate éclairs. It’s hard to find a better way to start a Saturday. Then we read for over an hour at a coffee house, and I spent the afternoon at work, helping with some physical network rerouting.
Today, we went to a coffee house again to read the Sunday Times and some books, then took a long walk in Hampstead Heath after lunch to Kenwood House, where they had a Christmas Fair and the kids were also able to see some paintings by Rembrandt, Gainsborough and Vermeer. We hiked back across the Heath to West End Green, where we visited the Marks and Spencer to collect good for dinner.
All in all, a great fall weekend.