Just the two of us, in London
Trip Start Dec 29, 2009
91Trip End Mar 02, 2010
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We walked down to the local post office but the lines were huge, so decided we would leave it for now and hopefully find somewhere in the city to post them. We then headed over to the train station and set off. Our first destination was the Imperial War Museum, one that we'd been looking forward to for a while. After a few train rides, we made it to the station and walked around the corner to the museum. There was a small cafe out the front, and it was lunchtime afterall, so we stopped for sausage rolls and picked up some lollies as well
Having eaten we headed inside. The museum itself is free, but we bought a souvenir guidebook. After dropping our bags and coats off we entered into the main hall, full of various tanks and artillery pieces with planes strung from the ceiling above. At this point, it didn't look like a particularly big museum and so we didn't imagine being here for all that long. We walked around and looked at all the tanks as well as some midget submarines towards the back. There was a small interactive exhibit about submarines that we walked through as well.
Next we made our way to an exhibit about children and the effect the wars had on them. It was mainly focussed on the mass evacuations in world war 2 and how children were sent out into the country to get away from the danger zones in the major cities. There were a lot of personal stories and items, as well as posters and documents from the government at the time. Following from the childrens war, there was another exhibit about life during war time. This talked about things like rationing, civil service, precautins used at home, education and so on.
Having completed this floor we followed the signs and headed downstairs to the World War galleries
There were also two special exhibits down here. The first was a walkthrough allied trench from WWI. It showed the main features of a standard front line trench and had mannequins and voice recordings to give the impression of being there in the thick of it all. The second exhibit was an air raid during the blitz on London. Here we started in a public air raid shelter during an air raid, then were escorted out and through the streets to survey the damage. Both were pretty cool and gave some idea of what it was like to be in both of these places, though obviously without all the emotion and fear of death.
From here we headed back upstairs to a gallery about the holocaust
Lastly, as Rachel was getting a bit tired and needed a drink, we quickly walked through the final exhibit which was on secret agents. This was talking about MI5 and MI6, the real life James Bond's and their roles both during and after the wars. We didn't stay for long, but it was interesting to see some of the equipment they used; miniature concealed weapons and radio devices among other things. We then went and picked up our bags, got Rachel some water and headed back to the tube station.
Our next stop was another Imperial War Museum run site, the cabinet war rooms. We caught the tube to Charing Cross and emerged at Trafalgar Square. We walked down Whitehall, the road lined with government department buildings. We took a number of photos as we strolled down the street, including one of the gate barring access to Downing St. Eventually we found a sign pointing us towards the museum and we were soon there.
The museum was fairly expensive, but we had a 2-for-1 pass which was handy and again decided to buy a guidebook
After completing the tour and looking through the gift shop, we headed for home. When we arrived home we chatted with Jenny while she finished cooking tea. After eating, we all played a few board games together and went off to bed.