A day ticket for London transport costs £11, but only £8 if you start after 9.30am, so I made a late start to Hamley’s toy shop.
They also have kitchen Barbie, laundry Barbie and baby-changing Barbie. I spent about an hour looking at all the lovely toys – Dr Who, model kits, stickers, light sabres, soft toys, gadgets and of course Lego. When I was young there was Lego or Technic. Now there is Harry Potter Lego, Atlantis Lego, Star Wars Lego, and some sort that is Indiana Jones without ripping off any trade marks.
I went onward to the heart of Swinging London.
It’s a right old dump.
Soho is still very trendy, but I wasn’t interested in shopping.
I bought a copy of the 50th anniversary issue from a shop around the corner.
From there I went to the British Museum. Like everything else in London they’re re-doing it for the Olympics, and it was immensely crowded, but it’s still the definitive antiquities museum. Mainly because they stole all the good stuff first.
I focussed on the European sections to avoid overload, and because I have already been everywhere else.
Because of renovations the Middle Ages were not on display. Instead there was a thing about medals and money.
Then suddenly it was back to late modern decorative arts and other things.
Then a small section on 20th century design.
Then back to the Greeks
Then I sought out the most important artefact – easy to spot by the huge crowd of people taking a billion photos each. If you must take a photo of someone in front of something take one then GET OUT!
Then I went to the Cartoon Museum. It’s a short walk away and £5.50 to enter. It’s only small but worth going if you like cartoons.
They also had a good gallery showing the development of editorial cartoons from Hogarth onward.
They had a section about British comic strips but NO COMMANDO COMICS.