We awoke from our hotel in Westminster, ready to take on our first day in London. First thing on the agenda: getting to the Museum of Natural History at the opening. As cliche as it may be, ever since I was little I fantasized about visiting the Natural History Museum in London and walking into that huge dinosaur model.
One of my favorite parts of traveling is finally seeing something you recognize from a postcard or a movie, even something as simple as specific street right in front of you.
On top of crossing something off my bucket list, I’ve always had a love for history museums even visiting the one back home in New York on at least a bimonthly basis.
Next stop: Harrods, because you don’t go to London and not stop in Harrods. Where else can you find a carved meat station in the middle of a typical shopping section?
After spending way too much on tea and chocolate souvenirs for family and friends, and some light shopping in the area we decided to head back to our room for a quick nap. Though that didn’t last too long as we had purchased tickets to see the Lion King, that night in the West End.
We hadn’t made a dinner reservation so decided last minute to try out Frankie and Benny’s, for the mere fact that Google stated that while there are only Frankie and Benny’s in the UK currently, it originated in Little Italy by an Italian family from Sicily.
Naturally this sounded like a great choice because Italian and New York go together like cereal and milk. Well, while this restaurant may have originally been outstanding, the Chain-UK version is not up to par. Inedible? No. But the flavorless, thin sauce with flavorless meatballs really wasn’t a showstopper. The cheesy, garlic bread however was on point, but I like to think it’s impossible to ruin something so simple. I also watched as a huge group of parents and children, obviously celebrating a child’s birthday, had to send back one child’s dish at least four times.
Overall, Frankie and Benny’s gets a 2/5.
But the Lion King gets a 9/10.
Bonus points to the actresses who played Rafiki, who had one of the most chill-inducing voices, and Nala, who was one of the most charismatic and talented young actresses I’ve seen.
What I Learned this Day in London:
- Don’t eat the Italian food.
- See all the shows.
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