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Saturday, March 31, 2007

London



We left Frankfurt on British Air on March 28 and spent the afternoon at the Tate Britain, the national gallery of British art. http://www.tate.org.uk/britain/




Above is a picture I took of Tate Britain as I entered.

We conducted focus groups that night until late in the evening, then had Indian food for dinner. While at dinner, Claire from our London ad agency wrote out an itinerary for the perfect day in London, which Alex (from my NY ad agency) and I would do the following day.



So the next morning we left our hotel at Victoria Station (the Hesperia) and headed to the Tate Modern. (The hotel is in a very convenient location. I would defintely stay there again. http://www.hesperia.com/hotels/Hesperia-London-Victoria/.) The Tate Modern is the British gallery of international modern and contemporary art, showcasing art from 1900 to the present day.





After leaving the Tate Modern, we had a look at Shakespeare's Globe Theater, just beyond the Tate.


After leaving the Globe, we walked back west along the Thames river, then walked across the footbridge North where I took this picture of the Tower Bridge in the distance, before heading to the London ad agency to meet Claire for lunch.

I also snapped this photo of Saint Paul's Cathedral on the way to lunch.



Following lunch and a meeting at the agency, Alex and I went to Harrods. I had heard lots about Harrods, but had never been there. It is truly an amazing store, like nothing I have ever seen--gigantic and beautiful. I can't imagine being able to sustain something like that anywhere else in the world.
After Harrods, we took the Tube (Picadilly Line East) to to Holborn to go to the British Museum, where I saw the Rosetta Stone and classic antiquities, including the Elgin Marbles, sculptures from the Parthenon.



I definitely needed to spend more time in the British Museum to see everything there is to see, but unfortunately, we didn't have that much time before closing time.


Finally, after having some pints at a few London pubs, we headed to the West End to the Gielgud for an evening of theater--Equus, starring Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame and Richard Griffiths. Griffiths, also in the Potter movies, had a most incredible performance.
My ticket to Equus:

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