The Bank of England

If I know people, like I think I know people, then people like free stuff.

A visit to the Bank of England Museum is free and you can learn about Adam Smith, the history of the rise and fall and the rise of the banks. Why not have a go at quantitative easing?

Have you every picked up a bar of gold? The highlight of this visit is picking up a real bar of gold.

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Plan A was get a good strong box,
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and some guns

Vast displays of coins from antiquity.

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And the highlight of the free visit.

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Mr Brown, you forgot this one!
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Freemasons Hall

Home of UGLE (United Grand Lodge of England) since 1775, rebuilt in the Art Deco form in the 1920’s.

Featured in the TV series Spooks, and also you may have seen it used as a venue during Fashion Week.

Small girl standing next to chair to show size of golden chair.
Large ceremonial golden chair.

 

Below is  a picture of a roped-off section where public not allowed to wander into. I don’t think they had an audio guide but all the symbolism, the triangles, the globe, the meteorite striking a pyramid. What does it all mean? They give a tour guide 5 times a day.

 

 

And finally, this is the room featured in Spooks.

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The Banqueting House

Turn right at the Houses of Parliament, walk along Whitehall until you get to Horse Guards Parade.

On the opposite side of the road is Banqueting House, the only remaining part of the Whitehall Palace. Designed in 1619 by Inigo Jones.

Here, for six pounds you can lie on a beanbag and stare at the ceiling for your whole lunch break.

Painted around 1636, by the Flemish painter, Sir Paul Rubens, now remains his only in-situ ceiling paining.  After a mix up on the measurements (length of a foot is different in Belgium) it was cut to size by Inigo and Rubens’ apprentice. The artist never did see his work.

You also get an audio guide.

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Yes it really is opposite Horse Guards Parade.

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Westland London – Dealers in architectural antiques

Westland London: St Michael’s Church, Leonard St, London EC2A 4QX, United Kingdom
Nearest Tube: Old Street
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 9:00am – 5:30 pm, Fri-Sat: 10am-5pm, Sunday: Closed
(check website to confirm details)
Website            Location

 

Think Dickensian. Think Downton Abbey. Think Titanic. It’s all here, rooms and rooms of treasures from past times rescued and restored at Westland’s in the befitting environment of St Michael’s Church, London.

Westland’s are dealers in antiques and architectural antiques established over 40 years ago by the late Geoff Westland. Its London base is at St Michael’s Church, worth a visit in itself, houses many fascinating antiques for sale.  All items are displayed as if on a stage or the set of a film as you walk from scene to scene.

A wooden aeroplane propeller, a ship’s wheel, an art deco chandelier, bells from an old church that is no more. So many fireplaces in wood, metal, marble crafted a hundred years ago. Majestic garden statues, looking like great fallen movie stars, waiting for the next chapter in their lives. Around  every corner another story awaits.

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Truly a gem in the heart of London. If you are a daydreamer or want to buy something unique for your home, with provenance, then step back in time and visit Westland London. 

Follow link to website to read more about Westland, its history and view catalogues.

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The Monument

Monument is a 62m high column built circa 1671 to commemorate the Great Fire of London.
For the price of 4 English pounds you can climb up inside the column (311 steps), enjoy the view from the platform and get a certificate on your descent.

I can’t think of a better way to spend my lunch break.

Not for the frail, infirm, those who have vertigo, claustrophobia or climacophobia.

Enjoy!


Monument
Fish St Hill, London EC3R 8AH
Website: The Monument
Cost Adult:£4