The Wonders of London

London has some of the best museums in the world and it’s been a treat to discover their delights especially from the medieval period.
The Museum of London is especially good with its displays of clothing and pottery from that period. Nearby, you can look out over a portion of the wall which enclosed London.
Another favourite is the Victoria and Albert Museum, filled with decorative treasures. In the stunning, tiled rooms dominated by enormous circular light shades, we enjoyed afternoon tea and listened to a pianist tinkle the ivories. Very civilized indeed!
Around the corner stands the impressive Natural History Museum. The detail of the Victorian wall tiles with flora and fauna displayed so beautifully provide a fascinating backdrop to
the intricate collections.
Many of the exhibits focus on the geography and geology of our world and the impact of humans on fragile systems but I was intrigued by one find.
It was the skull of a lion that had had lived in Edward 1’s menagerie at The Tower. It was white, shiny, and cool to the touch. It certainly took me back in time and I wondered about its life and those who must have heard its roars.
Another must see is the British Museum and I always head towards the Anglo-Saxon and medieval exhibits.
The excavation of Sutton Hoo in south eastern England led to a rich find with the famous gold mask, sword and breastplate of its long-dead king. I’m always drawn as well to the Lewis chess pieces, found on the western coast of the Isle of Lewis near the village of Uig in the Scottish Outer Hebrides. These chess pieces were thought to have been buried by a Viking trader many hundreds of years ago. A storm uncovered them in more recent times.
There are treasures from around Britain as well as France. Some of my favourites include a jug decorated with a bird, medieval tiles and carvings from abbeys.
Lots of treats for those with some time on their hands!