tapas & the british museum

Trev and I had a lot of fun shopping in the Seven Dials - a series of streets in the Covent Garden area with lots of unique and interesting shops (for our taste anyways) and some good cafes and restaurants.  We were there around lunch, so we stopped in at Pix-Bar, a tapas place.  We grabbed one of two little tables out on the street - perfect for people watching in the lively neighbourhood - ordered a drink and waited for the selection of tapas to come out of the kitchen.

Pix identifies itself as a pinxtos ('peen-chos') bar, specializing in mini-tapas.  All the little plates were laid out on the bar and we were free to help ourselves to whatever looked good.  Pricing was indicated by the size of skewer, so we just had to save them in a jar on our table so they could add up our tab at the end.

We tried a whole bunch of little plates and everything was good.  My favourites were the ricotta-stuffed olives with harissa yogurt dip and the Iberico ham croquettes on bread.  It was a fun way to have lunch...but definitely not a good way to eat on a budget... After we decided we had had enough, we were both satisfied, but not full and lunch had cost 40£ (somewhere around $65 CAD).  Pretty steep for the amount we ate, but like I said, it was fun and it did taste great.

We also spent several hours at the British Museum - it was amazing, I loved it.  It had the best artifacts because the Brits grabbed all the cool stuff as they were conquering and colonizing; the collection is astounding.  And, it's free!  What more could you ask for?  It was also absolutely huge, so we had to pick which galleries we were going to visit.  We probably followed the masses with our picks, but how can you resist the Egyptian, Roman & Greek galleries?

See?  I can make that face too.

See?  I can make that face too.

The Elgin Marbles

The Elgin Marbles

Greek pottery - so beautiful

Greek pottery - so beautiful

The mummies were very cool - the collection was huge.

The mummies were very cool - the collection was huge.

Dear Ancient Romans, I love your fancy-schmancy strainer.  Can you send me one?

Dear Ancient Romans, I love your fancy-schmancy strainer.  Can you send me one?

The Enlightenment Gallery was my favourite place in the whole museum - I could have spent days just in there.

The Enlightenment Gallery was my favourite place in the whole museum - I could have spent days just in there.

Okay, I think that's pretty much it from our London adventure (well, stuff that I'm going to blog about anyways - I don't want to bore you with every little thing!)  We had a fantastic time and the weather couldn't have been better.  There is SO much to see in London, but I feel like we did a pretty good job seeing the sights with the four days we had.  It was also neat to have a look around the weekend before the Jubilee celebration and about 2 months before the Olympics.  Quite a few of my friends (and my husband) told me that I wouldn't like London, but we went anyways because I wanted to form my own opinion.  Guess what guys?  I liked it there.