Thursday, 12 March 2009

A free day in town

So you discover you have a day to yourself- Yippee! Now what to do?

Some people go shopping, others the cinema, a visit to London Zoo? (ooo tempting!) perhaps a walk along the Thames (a very good 2nd choice!)- if im down that way I like to drop into South Kensington and the Natural History Museum.

Now weekends are a crazy time to visit unless its very early in the morning as the families descend! An sometimes there are huge queues to get in. So I try to dip in and out making a visit only last 40mins or so that way you dont get tired, and annoyed at the families getting in the way! I try to go at least 3 times a year. And also in good weather the wildlife garden behind the museum is a beautifully calm place to visit.

I always find there are new things to see, but here are a few of my favourite things:

Fossilised Crinoids (thanks Julia!)- this is a huuuge slab of rock in the main hall with these beautiful flower-like fossilised creatures.


Giant Sloth (Megatherium)
Sabre Toothed Cat
Irish Elk
Madagascan Elephant Bird Egg

Wooly Mammouth Skull

1 comment:

  1. Ooh, are you sure they're fan worms? They look like crinoids (sea lilies) to me.

    The NHM does an after-hours thing on the last Friday of each month, where they set up a tapas bar under the Diplodocus and have a live jazz band. It's a great way to spend a Friday evening. There should be one on the 27th March and one at the end of April, then they'll stop for the summer. Wanna go?


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