London Day 7: Wandering Highlights

Continuing my April London adventures…

I did more on my seventh day in London that just visit a forgotten medieval prostitute cemetery, so here are a few highlights! We started our morning at St. John Bakery under an old archway, an almost hidden place that is apparently known for its doughnuts. I’m no expert, but they were delicious to me.

We returned to Borough Market again for lunch. Really, that place is so massive that you could go everyday and try something new. This time I got a vegetarian pie.

Right by Borough Market is Southwark Cathedral, adorned with these forlorn gargoyles. The site has been a place of Christian worship for around 1,000 years, and parts of the cathedral date to 1220.

Taking photos inside the cathedral is not allowed unless you pay a fee, but I couldn’t resist sneaking a photo of this statue of Shakespeare holding a sprig of rosemary (for remembrance, per Ophelia). The statue was installed in 1954 to honor the anniversary of his birth in 1564 and above is a stained glass window featuring characters from his plays. There are a lot of old graves and memorials in the church, with one of particular interest being that of a certain Dr. Lockyer, who died in 1672, a quack doctor by most accounts, but you would never guess from his boisterous epitaph which concludes: “His virtues & his PILLS are soe well known/That envy can’t confine them vnder stone./But they’ll surviue his dust and not expire/Till all things else at th’universall fire./This verse is lost, his PILL Embalmes him safe/To future times without an Epitaph.”

We decided to use the bus as a free tour of the city viewed from the top of the double-decker, and we somehow found ourselves in Shoreditch, which I can say is pretty much the Brooklyn of London. Or the Williamsburg of London, to be specific. So many skinny jeans. I stopped inside a wonderful art bookstore and bought many things.

I believe this is the evening that we went to see Les Misérables, which was the second time for me during this trip. What can I say, I do love to obsess, and surprisingly a lot of the ensemble cast roles were played by different actors than the ones I’d seen just a week ago, which was interesting. On the way to dinner at a delicious Indian restaurant pre-theatre, we walked by this Elmgreen & Dragset rocking horse in Trafalgar Square. After the theatre, we took a walk through Chinatown and its busy evening streets.

One more day trip and one more London day to recap from the England trip!

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