Story, History and A Weekend Outing at Natural History Museum


The best discoveries are often done right at your own backyard. The discoveries related to the nature we live in, what we are surrounded with, when we came from and where we are heading to. Not a philosophical joyride rather a simple weekend day out at the enriched Natural History Museum in London turned out to be so different than what we were used to doing.

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Good to know!
Good to know!

Story, History and A Weekend Outing at Natural History Museum

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Defying the sobbing London sky with its grey mood and teary raindrops all day long we managed to become tourists in our own city. Last weekend gifted the Londoners with a glorious sunshine which merited a day out amidst the fallen Autumn leaves at the Hyde Park. This weekend was so miserable that it warranted an indoor exploration to enjoy high and dry exploring the architecture, the light flooding through the dusty windows, the cool touch of stone under fingertips, the icy bronze railings, the stairs smoothed under a million footsteps…it surely is  one of most beloved London spaces; The Natural History Museum.

Spotted some dinosaurs, naturally!
Spotted some dinosaurs, naturally!
A bit in-your-face mate!
A bit in-your-face mate!
Gigantic tail seems never ending
Gigantic tail seems never ending

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Having resurfaced at the South Kensington underground station with the teeming tourists, we became one of the awed visitors to the city. While some were heading towards the similarly popular Victoria & Albert Museum nearby, we followed the group heading towards the Natural History Museum which occupies an imposing amount of space to welcome for free thousands of visitors every day.

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Story, History and A Weekend Outing at Natural History Museum Story, History and A Weekend Outing at Natural History Museum

Through the glass window
Through the glass window

Story, History and A Weekend Outing at Natural History Museum

Story, History and A Weekend Outing at Natural History Museum

The entrance itself and the hall inside was so captivating that the first time entrants stood in awe sizing up the high ceilings supported by carved pillars. The interior was perfectly illuminated with sun roofs creating a natural sense upfront.

Lasting impressions
Lasting impressions
Pointing patterns of the past
Pointing patterns of the past

Story, History and A Weekend Outing at Natural History Museum

Rule of thumb!
Rule of thumb!
Break it!
Break it, if it suits you!
Stairs smoothed under a million footsteps
Stairs smoothed under a million footsteps
Gaze at people
Gaze at people
Then look up
Then look up

Story, History and A Weekend Outing at Natural History Museum

Wandering among giants
Wandering among giants
The curious minds are always learning
The curious minds are always learning
Creative minds are busy giving a shape of their imagination
Creative minds are busy giving a shape of their imagination
Applying the new knowledge learnt: counting the carves on the horn to guess the age of the animal
Applying the new knowledge learnt: counting the curves on the horn to guess the age of the animal
Testing the new theories learnt
Testing the new theories learnt
The name of one of the exhibitions held
The name of one of the exhibitions held
You can tell the age of a tree by the number of round chambers it leaves on the log
You can tell the age of a tree by the number of round chambers it leaves on the log
At work
At work
Unlike other museums in the world, NHM allows you to touch and feel nature and its history
Unlike other museums in the world, NHM allows you to touch and feel nature and its history
Ceiling artwork- museum's first permanent art installation, celebrating 200 years since Charles Darwin's birth
Ceiling artwork- museum’s first permanent art installation, celebrating 200 years since Charles Darwin’s birth
Know the origin of some of the marbles and stones the museum is made of
Know the origin of some of the marbles and stones the museum is made of

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There were long queues for a wildlife photography exhibition for enthusiasts and professionals. We decided to explore the neatly arranged halls which were divided in various colour coded zones – green zone for all things related to birds and plants, red for earth and its forces, orange and blue for insects and the solar system. Anyone is welcome to be in awe and that is why tourists and locals alike, families and friends, couples, singletons – all seemed enthralled at the creatively displayed history of all things around us, some of which we can see, some we cannot.

Story, History and A Weekend Outing at Natural History Museum

Chales Darwin
Charles Darwin is watching you!

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Decorated glass ceilings
Decorated glass ceilings

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Bespoke
Bespoke

Story, History and A Weekend Outing at Natural History Museum

 

Story, History and A Weekend Outing at Natural History Museum

Bronzed railings
Bronzed railings

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One may feel it is a massive science class under one roof but it is more than that. It felt as if it was like a journey every human being should make as this museum tells the story of our creation and the creatures around us in the most credible way, fuelled by power of science and evidence. We didn’t forget to photograph the white marble statue of Charles Darwin, who perhaps had unlocked the biggest mysteries of our evolution and thus giving a whole new meaning to the artefacts in display.

The last zone we saw was the red zone- Earth
The last zone we saw was the red zone- Earth

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Wise words...
Wise words…
My mini messenger bag couldn't resist to rest on this gorgeous marble table at the exit
My mini messenger bag couldn’t resist to rest on this gorgeous marble table at the exit

Story, History and A Weekend Outing at Natural History Museum

And another dinosaur bid us adieu
And another dinosaur bid us adieu
Good to know!
Good to know!
It was a visual treat as soon as we came outside
It was a visual treat as soon as we came outside

Story, History and A Weekend Outing at Natural History Museum

What's on!
What’s on!
If you visit London only twice in your lifetime, we recommend you visit once in summer time (June-July) and again around this time of the year
If you visit London only twice in your lifetime, we recommend you visit once in summer time (June-July) and again around this time of the year
Not only the interior, but the exterior and its surroundings of the Natural History Museum leaves an impression
Not only the interior, but the exterior and its surroundings of the Natural History Museum leaves an impression

Three and a half hours passed in the blink of an eye without having realised that our roving stroll covered the entire essence the museum had to offer. After having explored the halls, corridors and glass cases, we strolled off hand in hand for an early dinner.

Established in 1947, it has a colourful history (we were told Christine Keeler went there) and a European feel
Established in 1947, it has a colourful history (we were told Christine Keeler went there) and a European feel
You see an almost monastic resistance to change: yellow walls, chipped paints, B&W photographs reminding war heroes and charms
You see an almost monastic resistance to change: yellow walls, chipped paints, B&W photographs reminding war heroes and charms

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Tad hungry and in need of some reflection, we decided to try out one of the many eateries in the neighbourhood. After a quick shop around, a restaurant looked iniviting to Tanusree, and having never eaten at a Polish restaurant before, we decided to give it a go. Completely by chance and without any plan, we found ourselves lucky to have got a table for two at supposedly one of the most authentic Polish restaurants in London called Daquise, opened in 1947 by war-displaced Poles and a legendary refuge for famous expats including film director Roman Polanski. I guess we were a bit early for dinner hence we got ourselves a cosy little table next to the window. Many diners were queueing up later but sadly were turned way as the reservation hours had kicked off, so we were plainly lucky since we were early.

Story, History and A Weekend Outing at Natural History Museum

You cab't ignore its peasanty homeliness
You can’t ignore its peasanty homeliness

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Our cosy table next to the window
Our cosy table next to the window

Story, History and A Weekend Outing at Natural History Museum

Well mannered staff in black apron made sure the service was personal. He tried out roasted baby chicken stuffed with apricot and apple and calf liver with fried onions, and she ordered pan fried fillet of cod with horseradish sauce, served with spinach and carrots and their famous Polish style stuffed eggs which were class apart. Goes without saying that the gentleman also tried their popular Polish beer and the lady tried a jellied raspberry and vodka Terrine-Malinowa galaretka, fitting conclusion to a one-of-a-kind polish dinner experience.

Sometimes, no matter how much you want things to happen, all you can do is be patient and wait ...for your food
Sometimes, no matter how much you want things to happen, all you can do is be patient and wait …for your food
If you are not, some may fight with cutleries
If you are not, some may fight with cutleries
A basket of complimentary bread came to rescue
A complimentary basket of bread came to rescue
Main Course Menu
Main Course Menu
Feeling of a home-cooked meal in a restaurant
Feeling of a home-cooked meal in a restaurant
Her starter: Polish style stuffed eggs with chives
Her starter: Polish style stuffed eggs with chives
Polish style stuffed eggs with chives
Polish style stuffed eggs with chives
His starter: Calf’s liver with fried onion and apple
His starter: Calf’s liver with fried onion and apple
Our main courses
Our main courses
Fresh from the pan
Fresh from the pan
Highly recommended!
Highly recommended Pan Fried Fillet of Cod, Served With Spinach and Carrots
Roasted baby chicken stuffed with apples and apricots
Roasted baby chicken stuffed with apples and apricots

Story, History and A Weekend Outing at Natural History Museum

Desserts o'clock!
Desserts o’clock!

Story, History and A Weekend Outing at Natural History Museum

 

What made the whole experience even more special was the fact that the chef came out with his cooking pan from which we were served directly. In other words, it was not that the waiters were bringing a dish or a plate on your table, it was the chef who showed up with his tool straight from the kitchen to serve you on your plate while you waited in anticipation, giving a touch of home-cooked food.

Londoners racing around on Sturday night
Londoners racing around on Sturday night
We spotted this bucket shaped art installation by Indian artist Shubodh Gupta. Which is unique!
We spotted this bucket shaped art installation by Indian artist Shubodh Gupta. Which is unique!

Story, History and A Weekend Outing at Natural History Museum

Trees in central London are dressed up in their best at this time of the year
Trees in central London are dressed up in their best at this time of the year
With them going up earlier and earlier (as early as November) every year, London's Christmas lights and decorations extend the magical festive period. From traditional and classy to quirky and in-your-face, they illuminate much of central London and are an essential part of Christmas in London.
With them going up earlier and earlier (as early as November) every year, London’s Christmas lights and decorations extend the magical festive period. From traditional and classy to quirky and in-your-face, they illuminate much of central London and are an essential part of Christmas in London.
The streets were wet, as if decorated with fallen leaves
The streets were wet and embraced by the fallen leaves of autumn

As said earlier, some of the best discoveries are made in your own backyard. We defied the rain to discover the histories of our nature in the NHM. Later we discovered this gem of a Polish dine out joint which also had a strong historical background going back to the Second World War and the plight of the Polish in the UK. All in all it was a perfect day out blended with stories and histories. Remember you never get DONE when you are in London!

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    1. Thank you Karolina and Patryk for visiting the blog and going through this post. From Instagram to Blog, we found a like-minded friend couple in you:) Looking forward to your feedback more on other travel posts.

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