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Birding Opps: Info for our birding friends. In and near London you can see these species: Sabine’s Gulls, Tree Pipits, Redstarts, Wood Larks, Wryneck, Avocets, Common Kestrel and Peregrine.
The Fat Birder (http://fatbirder.com/links_geo/europe/england_greater_london.html) provides a Greater London report on the state of the species.
Talk Talk (talktalk.co.uk/travel/uk_breaks/features/uk-best-bird-watching.html) has the UK’s top ten birding locations.
Birding UK (.birding.uk.com/directory/places-to-see-birds/england/London) has a directoryof birding and botanical sites.
Shopping: Well, there’s Harrod’s, and Bond Street and, of course, those wonderful shops on Jermyn Street that are particularly well known for their bespoke shirt makers. Fret not about shopping in London. There are also shops within easy walking distance of your hotel.
Transportation: We highly recommend purchasing the Visitor Oyster Cards (visitlondonoffers.com/oyster-card/index.htm) - A Visitor Oyster card is easy to use and offers substantial savings when travelling by bus,tube or tram in London.
The Visitor Oyster card adjusts automatically to help you get the least expensive price for all the trips you make in a day.
Exchange Rates (http://www.x-rates.com/)
Day One: After purchasing your Oyster Card, we suggest a visit to the Coca Cola London Eye – Daily: 10-8, London SE1 7PB, Jubilee Gardens South Bank, 44 871 781 3000. Book online to save time.
The 140 meter high Ferris wheel provides a 30 minute ride, and let’s you see for 25 miles on a clear day and gives you a sense of the city.
Now that you have seen London from above, it’s time for lunch at Fortnum & Mason - L & Tea: Daily, 181 Piccadilly, 0845-602-5694
Wonderful food store with several restaurants including the Fountain Restaurant. We suggest sharing the hand-carved Basque ham with William pear and pickled walnuts as a starter, and then having the pork and sage sausage wheel with mash and caramelised apple or the roasted Scottish cod with mussel chowder.
For dessert it’s the Amedei® chocolate orange tart with vanilla mascarpone A bottle of the Sancerre Rosé, Andre Dezat 2011 would be a nice touch.
After lunch a visit to the British Museum – Open: Daily: 10-5:30, Great Russell St, 020-7323-8299 is in order.
Founded in 1753, Works of man from Prehistoric to Modern Times, Rosetta Stone, Sculptures from the Parthenon and much more. Recent updates demand your visit.
Time for a restorative . . . Vinoteca – Daily: 12-11, 53-55 Beak St, 020 3544 7411
Order a Middlewhite pork terrine, pickles & toast and per their suggestion pair it with a Valdeorras Godello 2011, Bodegas a Coroa (Spain) or the Shiraz2008, Capel Vale (Australia).
Dinner is at St. John’s Bar & Restaurant - L & D: Daily, D: M-Sa, 26 St. John St, 020-3301-8069.
Share the potted beef & pickled beetroot, and then have either the Woodcock or the devilled kidneys on toast with a green salad.
A bottle of the Splinter, 2007 (Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah) would go nicely with your dinner selections. For dessert your choice is brownies or eccles cakes.
Day Two: Breakfast is at Granger & Co. – B,L,D: Daily, 175 Westbourne Grove, 020 7229 9111
Start with the coffee by Allpress Espresso and enjoy one of Bill’s Classics such as the ricotta hotcakes, banana & honeycomb butter or the sweetcorn fritters with roast tomato, spinach & bacon.
Next stop is The Shard – Daily: 9AM-10PM, The View from The Shard is just outside London Bridge tube/train station. The entrance is on Joiner Street, just off St Thomas’ Street. 44(0)844 499 7111
The Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe and the capital’s highest viewing gallery,
The View from The Shard, offering 360° views.
From here head over to the Wallace Collection - Daily: 10-5, Hertford House, Manchester Square, 207-563-9500
The Wallace Collection is home to one of Europe’s finest collections of works of art, paintings, furniture, arms & armor, and porcelain. They have a wonderful café.
The collection includes Reubens, Rembrandts, and much more. All top quality. This will be one of your favorites.
Lunch is at Edwins– L: Daily, D: M-Sa, 202-206 Borough High St, 0207 403 9913
May we suggest starting with a Bellini and the Colchester oysters or the pork belly and cauliflower.
Your main is the mackerel with a tomato fondue and orange salad or the partridge with a bread sauce, bacon and turnip.
Your wine is the ’10 Chateau Bel Air and dessert is pear & almond tart with clotted cream.
After lunch walk over to the Tate Modern - Daily: 10-6, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner St, 020-7887-8000.
Housed in the Bankside Power Station, this London art gallery shows the UK’s collection of modern and contemporary art from 1900 to the present day and hosts special exhibitions and events. Its holdings include pieces by Matisse, Moore, Dali, Picasso and Rothko.
In a concession to being in England, we suggest forgoing the wine break and partaking tea at Uncle Roul’s favorite place, The Berkeley Hotel – Daily: 1-5:30, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, 020 7235 6000
This is the place to see and be seen. The Berkeley London designer afternoon tea is inspired by the fashion world. The menu is transformed every six months to follow the changing seasons in fashion.
After all of this people watching and raising your sugar count beyond any respectable level, take a few moments to visit St. Paul’s Cathedral – Open: M-Sa: 8:30-4, St. Paul’s Churchyard, 020-7246-8357
St Paul’s is a church of England cathedral and seat of the Bishop of London. The original church dates to 604 AD. It was built to an English Baroque design of Sir Chirstopher Wren.
Of special interest to us is the American Memorial Chapel located here and dedicated in 1958 honoring the Americans who performed the “Ultimate Sacrifice” on England’s air fields. President Eisenhower was so moved that he presented a Roll of Honor of those whose memory the chapel was meant to memorialize.
For dinner we suggest economizing with a lighter meal at Bistro Brawn – L & D: Tu – Sa, 49 Columbia Rd, Bethnal Green, 0207 729 5692
Start with their Taste Tickler called Pork Scratchings and a glass of Manzanilla Las Medallas,Herederos!de!Argueso – Sanlucar. Move on to the hake tortellini, with wilted radicchio, capers & brown butter or for those who are more adventurous go for the duck hearts, chicken livers, chanterelles and garlic crumb.
A good wine choice is the 2010 Morgon Classique, Jean Foillard. Dessert is a dream – Chocolate ganache topped with hazelnut cream.
Day Three: Rise and head straight to Colbert - B,L,D: Daily, 50-52 Sloane Square Chelsea, 020 7730 2804 for breakfast.
Lots of choices here to get your day started. Possibilities with your fried or scrambled eggs include: mushrooms, boudin noir, Yorkshire ham, minute steak or black truffles.
Apres breakfast we suggest a visit to one of our favorite museums, the understated Courtauld Institute Gallery – Daily: 10-6, at the Somerset House, 020-7848-2526
The Courtauld Institute of Art is one of the world’s leading centers for the study of the history and conservation of art and architecture. Based at Somerset House, The Courtauld is an independent college of the University of London.
Impressionist and Masterpiece Paintings by Manet, Van Gogh, Renoir, Botticelli, Tiepolo, Reubens and Goya are in the permanent collection.
You have to choose when to fit in the next stop. It can be before or after lunch but you can’t go to London and skip the Victoria & Albert Museum – Daily: 10-5:45, F: Til 11PM, Cromwell Road, 020-7942-2000
145 galleries cover 7 miles of decorative arts, historical dress, arts and crafts. It’s big so make a plan and don’t bite off more than you can chew.
The main meal today is at The Wolseley – B,L,D: Daily, 160 Piccadilly, 020-7499-6996
A nice starter is the Matjes herrings with beetroot and horseradish accompanied by a glass of Sancerre 2010 Domaine de la Chézatte . For your entrée go for the seared duck livers with golden sultanas and a sauternes jus or the grilled halibut with wilted spinach and béarnaise sauce.
The Château La Grave à Pomerol 2004 would go nicely with either of these entrees. Dessert is the Trecle tart.
Until next time, best wishes and safe travels,
Dick & Dee Welge
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