- Arrive Heathrow at 5:05 p.m.
- Take the Heathrow Express, and then taxi to hotel.
- I think I may get to my hotel around 8 p.m. Hotel is near Russell Square. Check into hotel and get situated.
- Ask the concierge for a dinner recommendation near the hotel. Or…
- Simon of shipscooksstuff.wordpress.com has kindly offered to “show [me] some of Soho’s pubs and give [me] some background on [his] home city.” So sweet! Hopefully, we’ll meet up either Monday or Thursday.
Tuesday: Special Event Day!
- Before 10 a.m., explore Russell Square and surrounding neighborhood.
- 10 a.m.: David Bowie is at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Afterwards, explore the V&A. Ask information desk about the “…four of Blake’s ‘fresco’ paintings on display permanently” as well as Arts & Crafts/William Morris and other must-sees.
- Lunch: The Queen’s Arms and/or the V&A Cafe.
- After V&A, Tate Britain: The new Blake room will open on May 6th. Ask information desk about the Pre-Raphaelites. Perhaps take a 45-minutes free collection highlights tour at 11, 12, or 3.
- Leave some time to relax and possibly nap in the late afternoon.
- 7:30 p.m.: G. E. Gallas Invited to Speak to The Blake Society! at 17 South Molton Street.
Wednesday: Touring Around!
- If exhausted from Tuesday, sleep in a little bit.
- 10 a.m.: National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, or return to a museum from the previous day.
- Lunch: Eat somewhere near/in museums.
- 1 p.m.: Harrods Vintage Bus Tour of London with Champagne Tea at Harrods — Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, The London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, Nelson’s Column, Hyde Park, the Houses of Parliament, The Royal Albert Hall, a cruise on the River Thames, and tea/scones at Harrods (until 6 p.m.).
- 7/7:30 p.m.: Jack the Ripper Tour (option #1, option #2, or option #3).
Thursday: Blake’s London!
- My friend Elena may come up from Barcelona for the day to see me!
- 10 a.m.: British Museum — Department of Prints and Drawings, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, etc.
- Lunch: Tea and Tattle (41 Great Russell Street) or London Review Cake Shop (14 Bury Place).
- Blake historical sites: (a) St. James’s Church, (b) Royal Academy New Somerset House, (c) St. Mary’s Battersea, and (d) Bunhill Fields.
- Either National Portrait Gallery (open to 9 p.m.) or pubs with Simon.
- Depart: Back to San Francisco!
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