February 2009

We had a long desire returning to London. We were there often and know the city's sights quite well. Our favourite hotel used to be Claridge's in Mayfair. This time we decided to try its historic sister hotel Connaught - and it was magnificent! Already upon arrival we admired the impressive wooden staircase and fire in all its fireplaces. It felt like returning home.

Our three days were very relaxing. Mostly we went by foot or used the traditional London taxis. We regularly appeared at the afternoon tea; the best was in Hotel Langham, where this festive occasion was invented in 1865.

Gunnar went on the footsteps of the famous detectives Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot, Alexandra visited temporary exhibitions at the Victoria & Albert Museum ("Magnificence of the Tsars") and at the British Museum ("Shah Abbas of Iran").

Also shopping was part of our program. Harrod's was surprisingly half empty on Saturday and less impressive than in the past. Unfortunately some shops disappeared because of the high rents and lack of customers like the traditional Mayfair Village Chemistry of 1840. The barber shop of Geo Trumper and the department store Liberty belong to the last witnesses of bygone days.

Our favourite London district is the sophisticated Mayfair

Alexandra in front of Hotel Connaught

Together at British Museum

Our hotel was like a privat home

Burlington Arcade is Alexandra's favourite shopping area

The famous home of Hercule Poirot

The former barbier shop of Churchill

Afternoon Tea in Artesian Bar

Noble street of Mayfair

Alexandra is fond of Laduree

Sherlock Holmes pub

Berkeley Square in the sunshine at the end of February