Day 3 Sightseeing
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January 6th, 2008 – by: cpentland
Walking back through the parks, we passed by the Princess Diana memorial (very peaceful, and quite powerful) and then over to catch the train to the South Bank/Southwark/Tate Modern area. Again, I'm not much for museums, and am definitely not a huge fan of modern art, but I highly recommend the Tate Modern if you have some time in London.
The Tate Modern is quite large - seven floors - but most of the art exhibits are housed on two floors. It took us a little over an hour to see pretty much everything that was free. (There are two special exhibits there right now that require purchased tickets.) After seeing the galleries, we headed up to the top floor to check out the cafe, and discovered a little gem that I will certainly visit again! There is an wine bar and restaurant that lends dramatic views of the city in a very modern and hip setting. I always enjoy discovering the must-see bars in each city, and this one will be added to my London list! (Odd that it happens to be in a museum, but it was great nonetheless!)
We exited towards the river to discover an enormous spider sculpture (part of the Louis Bourgois exhibit).
We planned on a pretty low-key night, so ended up looking for a quiet dinner in Notting Hill. It was VERY quiet over there by 9pm, and was actually pretty difficult to find a place to eat! We asked a local for a recommendation and were guided to The Market Thai Restaurant (240 Portobello Rd). Funny enough, it turns out I've been there, many years ago, with a friend who was living in Notting Hill at the time! It's a cute place with decent food, though I was actually not pleased with my choice.
After a nightcap at a local pub, we called it a night!
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