One great thing to do while visiting the great city of London is to take a stroll around Hyde Park.
Hyde Park is one of the largest parks in London. It contains many trails and some waterways.
You can spend all day wandering around this park but one part that should not be missed is speakers corner.
At speakers corner you will find lively debaters hashing out topics on any given day.
Discussions sometimes get heated but they never get violent. Spending some time here makes me long for a time when we can have spirit debates in the USA that don’t result in violence.
Even kids can listen in on the action.
Carlos had a lively debate with this fellow.
This sweet looking lady was full of opinions and could hold her own.
Someone even took a break from penny-farthing to watch.
Hyde Park and Speaker’s Corner is a must see for any London visitor.
A visit to London is not complete without a visit to the British Museum. The museum has an impressive collection of antiquities, is free, and usually quite busy. We only scheduled a couple hours here but to do it right one needs to come multiple times, ideally when it is slow.
The following are photos from our trip to the Portobello market in Notting Hill earlier this year.
One of our last stops was the borough of Camden Town, in northwest London. It is an interesting and eclectic part of London. We visited because my cousin now lives close to this area. Originally I wanted to make it out to the famous Camden Lock Market but we never seemed make it during opening hours. Instead we wandered around town and visited a couple of pubs.
The Worlds End
The Worlds End pub is sort of a landmark in Camden. It was a nice meeting place across from the Camden tube station. The Worlds End pub is a large establishment and its history boasts famous past visitors (like many other London pubs). While we were in here I saw a belligerent drunk old man spill his beer all over the hallway and a yuppy girl break a red wine bottle all over the floor (I guess she was going to a party afterwards). It seemed to be a mix of different types of patrons. The music was heavy alternative.
The Camden Eye
Another pub close to the Camden tube station is The Camden Eye. The pub was busy on arrival but we chose to eat in the empty dining area upstairs. The upstairs was much quieter and provided us a view of Camden Town. We experienced our last fish and chips here but they had an interesting pizza selection (the names too).
The Earl of Camden
Our final pub visit was to the Earl of Camden. We happened upon trivia night. We tried to play along but the topics were more international and British in nature. It proved to be challenging for our group. An adorable large dog was calmly hanging out in the pub while his owner had a few drinks.