The British Museum is the world’s oldest national public museum, and you only have to spend five minutes browsing the thousands of artifacts to realise that this place is a time capsule of the history of human civilisation as we know it. The museum houses collections from all four corners of the globe, across every one of history’s major cultural communities, including everything from artwork and handmade clothing to coins, clocks and weaponry. It’s a remarkable amount of information to process under one roof and way too much for a single visit.
A few miles south-west of London is a beautiful, leafy town called Kingston upon Thames. As the name suggests, Kingston is set right along the Thames river, separated from Hampton Court Palace (home to King Henry VIII) by Hampton Court Park.
While exploring Kingston, we stumbled across Canbury Gardens on the way to the riverfront and stopped for a delicious pub lunch at The Boater’s Inn. Add an endless mix of trees, the river just metres away, and loads of ducks and geese, and you have a place that’s hard to beat for pure relaxation and natural beauty.