Monday 17 April
Today’s mission was to see Madame Tussaud’s and revisit the first place I stayed in when I got here in 1987 plus see the old hotel used in the movie Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont as it’s in the same area.
As it turned out the day had some disappointments and some unplanned surprises. The first disappointment was Madame Tussaud’s had 6 mega queues and none of them seemed to be moving and I really didn’t feel like standing around too long on my own. So I jumped back on the Tube and headed for the British Museum to photograph the roof I have seen in many photographs.
There was a queue but this was only a security queue and it moved really quickly. So it didn’t take too long before I was inside the museum and photographing the amazing roof.
From there I caught the Tube to Queensway to see the place they filmed the movie. While walking alongside Kensington Gardens I thought it would be a nicer walk if I walked through the park, so I crossed the road, checked out a map and headed for the big pond in the middle of the park. When I got to the pond I saw Kensington Palace and remembered that’s where Princess Diana used to live. So I thought I’d get a bit closer to take some pics. Once there I noticed there was no queue to go in and I could see the exhibition: Diana – Her Fashion Story, an exhibition of her famous dresses, this was a big happy surprise because when my friend looked up booking tickets for the exhibition they were all sold out.
One of the cool features of the exhibition was the large familiar photos of Diana on the walls and then opposite them were the dresses in those pics.
After that I strolled around the garden which had a tribute to Princess Diana, full of white forget-me-not flowers.
Once I got to the place they filmed the movie I was very disappointed, it turned out to be a very abandoned building sadly in need of repair.
And as for the bed and breakfast I stayed in for a few days upon my first arrival it seemed to have gone – but it could’ve been this building, then again it could’ve been any one of the buildings on that street – they all looked the same lol..
After dinner we finished off our Audrey Hepburn trilogy with Breakfast at Tiffany’s.