Visiting the British Museum + Brunching at the Breakfast Club!

On one of the HOTTEST days in my entire life residing in the UK, I found myself exploring the British Museum (followed by an emergency evacuation but I’ll keep that for another story). The British Museum has a fascinating story; founded in 1753 it was the first national public museum in the world with free admission to all ‘studious and curious persons‘. Once it opened its doors, visitor numbers have grown from around 5,000 a year in the 18th century to nearly 6 million today! The origins of the British Museum lie Sir Hans Sloane (1660–1753). He was a naturalist and collector with more than 71,000 objects which he wanted to be preserved intact after his death. Without much choice left, he bequeathed the whole collection to King George II to create a display for the nation in return for a payment of Β£20,000 to his heirs. His gift was accepted by the King and on 7 June 1753, an Act of Parliament established the British Museum! British Museum, London

The British Museum

The British Museum

We visited the British Museum during our last trip to London back in July, thus, the summer dress and sunglasses in these pictures. But I have only just seen these images in my SIM card, so I hope you don’t mind me blogging about it today! British Museum, London

The British Museum

This DACAS pair of sandals were made of many layers of goat leather pinched together and stitched by hand and they were used by Somali tribes. The design of these sandals, using dyed-grass fibres suggest they may have been used for special occasions.

Originally, the museum collections consisted of books, natural specimens, coins and medals, and ethnographic material. In the early part of the nineteenth century there were a number of high profile acquisitions. These included the Rosetta Stone (1802), the Townley collection of classical sculpture (1805), and the famous Parthenon sculptures or else known as the Elgin Marbles that Elgin stole from the Parthenon in Acropolis, Greece (1816). British Museum, London

Monarchs and nobles in central Europe began to make collections of art and science in the 1500’s. These collections included expensive clocks which represented the latest technology-they were highly prized and a flourishing market developed around them!

The twentieth century the museum undergone many constructions with the most important one being the construction of the Duveen Gallery to house the Parthenon Sculptures (1939/62). British Museum, London

Inspired by the Parthenon and ancient Greece, the museum building has many of the Acropolis architecture features!

After spending the morning wandering around the floors and corridors we decided to go for some coffee and brunch at The Breakfast Club. An orange juice and good food was much needed after all this focusing and knowledge absorbing.

Before visiting The Breakfast Club I had this beautiful picture in my head of beautiful interiors and good food. I don’t usually like giving bad reviews but it really disappointed us! The music was EXTRAORDINARILY loud – you know when it’s that loud that you cannot even taste the food because your senses are confused? – and we had to ask the waitress to have the music volume a bit down only to have her saying ‘no’. People were shouting as it was impossible to hear what the other person opposite the table was saying and this added up even more to the whole loudness of the place!

The staff were very serious and it seemed like they didn’t take their job seriously and that they were in a hurry. Also, I cannot comment enough on how clean the girl who served us was not! Her nails were dirty and she hold the glasses from the top which didn’t make me think twice if I needed a straw…

The food was good and came promptly, so I suppose this is why there is such a fuss around the place, but the whole experience and atmosphere was rather disappointing. I asked my London friends if this was the usual situation and they said that the Soho one was way worse, so at least now I know where not to go next time!

London was magical and I very much enjoyed every minute of exploring it once again.

Now tell me, which is your favourite brunch place in London and most importantly have you ever been to the British Museum?

Anastasia

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29 Comments
  • Nina
    September 18, 2018

    It’s one of my favourites museums!! A great place to learn and have nice time!
    Have a great day dear!! xx

    La ilusiΓ³n de Nina – http://lailusiondenina.blogspot.com/

    • Anastasia
      September 19, 2018

      Thank you Nina! It’s a nice place to start your cultural trip to London πŸ™‚

  • Emily
    September 18, 2018

    What a beautiful museum! I am obsessed with spending time at museums and art galleries. I could stroll through them for hours.

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

    • Anastasia
      September 19, 2018

      Same here Emily, I love a good stroll around a gallery. It’s just so nice to pay attention to all the art and history!

  • Ella Stordi
    September 19, 2018

    I have never visited the British Museum, even though everytime we visit London I promise myself that we will do! Your photography is amazing!!!
    Ella x

    • Anastasia
      September 19, 2018

      You should! It’s a great place!

  • Jenna
    September 19, 2018

    Your dress is so beautiful!!! Where did you get it from? I miss your daily outfit posts that you did a few years back…

    • Anastasia
      September 19, 2018

      Thank you Jenna, it is from Joules CLothing! I might start posting more about my outfits again πŸ™‚

  • Bea
    September 19, 2018

    You convinced me! I am all about cultural travel and I would really enjoy having the museum to myself!

  • Sarah
    September 19, 2018

    Are these Turkish eggs that you had for brunch? They look delicious!

  • Simone
    September 19, 2018

    Usually I don’t visit a lot of museum, this one though looks fantastic! Brunch is one of my favourite meals, I love to sit and eat and talk all morning πŸ˜‰

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

    • Anastasia
      September 20, 2018

      Hehe, same here Simone. I love a good day at the museum and a good brunch!
      x

  • Sophie Wentworth
    September 19, 2018

    I’m so glad you found these photos because they’re amazing! I haven’t been to the British Museum since I was a kid, I really need to go back as an adult who can actually show some interest in reading the plaques. I’ve always wanted to brunch at The Breakfast Club but I’m yet to make it x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • Anastasia
      September 20, 2018

      I am so glad to hear you liked my post Sophie. I totally agree that the British Museum is a great place to be, their exhibitions are worth the visit!
      x

  • Tiffany
    September 20, 2018

    Well doesn’t brunch look delish!! Great post x

    Tiffany Tales | Lifestyle &Β BeautyΒ 

    • Anastasia
      September 20, 2018

      The food was really good, shame for the loud music and service though πŸ™
      x

  • Tina
    September 20, 2018

    Oh the british museum looks so fabulous in your pics – love the lighting and that it looks so historical yet modern! πŸ™‚

    And sorry to hear about your experience at the breakfast club..I’ve been there several times in the soho branch and liked it a lot. But maybe it really depends on the staff then…
    β™₯

    Tina

    • Anastasia
      September 20, 2018

      Hi Tina,

      I am so glad you like my photography. It was a beautiful, sunny day so natural lighting made everything look so much more appealing πŸ™‚
      It was such a disappointment at The Breakfast Club, I think I had my expectations very high, but definitely I agree that it depends on the staff rotation, or perhaps it just happened to be a bad day!
      x

  • Cat
    September 21, 2018

    These cakes look delicious, so glad you had such a fun day in London!

    Cat

    • Anastasia
      September 21, 2018

      Thank you Cat. It was a lovely day indeed πŸ™‚

  • Jessica Guarnizo
    September 24, 2018

    I have not been to the British Museum but I would like to go someday! Also, that is a stunning dress! The colors on it are perfect <3

    http://jessysfashionbook.com

    • Anastasia
      September 24, 2018

      If you ever visit please let me know and I’ll give you a few tips about the area too! Thank you, it’s one of my favourite dresses!
      x

  • Joanne
    September 24, 2018

    I love, love your dress! The epitome of cuteness!
    x

  • Amanda
    September 24, 2018

    Beautiful post Anastasia, I love all things London and anything that features British culture. Thank you for sharing x

    Amanda

    • Anastasia
      September 24, 2018

      Thank you for your kind comment Amanda. London is a great place, isn’t it?x

  • Noor
    September 29, 2018

    London is so amazing! πŸ˜€ I’ve never been to the British Museum though, but it looks wonderful! And I’m really curious to the evacuation thing now πŸ˜€
    Your dress looks amazing BTW!

    Xo Noor
    http://www.nonstopnoor.com