Dateline: London Day 3
Day 3 found us in heavy, heavy stop and go traffic trying to get back to the Tower of London. Disappointingly, we made it. Now I know that we saw the crown jewels – those which hadn’t been removed for one reason or another. However, what’s the deal with no photos? It isn’t like the flash is going to cause the solid gold maces, crowns, flagons, punch bowls, ladles, christening baths, etc. to deteriorate or fall apart. If I was a cynic I might think it was related to the gift shop’s desire to sell books with the photos in them. Do not fear though. No heavily Italian accented yeoman was going to make me follow his “No a photos” command!
From there it was over to Beauchamp Tower where people were jailed for extended period of time (BTW contrary to popular belief, only 22 people were ever executed in the Tower – although many many thousands were jailed there). How extended were those periods of time?
So after a rather long and boring walk through the Royal Armouries display, we left.
We went for a long walk along the north embankment and then crossed over to the south embankment. It was quite entertaining and for a Tuesday afternoon, incredibly busy.
After relaxing at home for awhile, we headed off to Dukes Hotel and martinis in the bar. To say it was exquisite is to do it a disservice. Ian Fleming, famed author of James Bond, is said to have coined the term ‘shaken not stirred’ after being inspired by Dukes. Ken and Terry opted for ‘Ian Fleming’s Classic Vesper’, (from Casino Royale) comprised of No. 3 Gin, Polacki vodka, Angostura bitters, and Sacred Dukes Exclusive Amber Vermouth. I had the Le Chiffre (named after the villain in Casino Royale). Mine started with crystallized rose petals, No. 3 Gin, some kind of of rose liqueur, a spicy vodka, and other stuff I can’t remember.
They were so good, we were forced to have 2, (look at how much is in those glasses – these photos were taken AFTER we had our first sips). As Ken mentioned in his Facebook post, they limit you to 2 since they are at least 4.5 ounces each. We felt great and even managed, somehow, to find our way home. This was on Day 3 and, if I am truly honest, I didn’t feel fully recovered until Day 5. Nevertheless, if you are ever in London, you MUST find your way to Dukes Bar.
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