Westminster Abbey: our first “no pictures!” stop.
Took a jetlag nap in the cab, then..
Tower of London: officially still a palace of the Queen.
Towers Bridge: crossed this to find craft beer and lunch.
Lunch around 4pm at Draft House Tower Bridge: Linner? Who knows…
Took a 2nd jetlag nap at the hotel while K worked…
Then, proper supper time at the Windmill (8:30ish?)! It was really hoppin’ in here.
This was my replacement for Thanksgiving dinner. My favorite thing about Thanksgiving turkey dinner is making pot pie in the following days, so this was a darn good consolation price. Click here to check out my pot pie methods.
Time Out to Nerd Out!
Seeing as we were in the neighborhood, I insisted on hunting up the site of the Broad Street pump, where John Snow determined cholera was spread through the water supply.One of my favorite public health/epidemiology stories. This is back in the dark days, with miasma theory. Per the travel guide I browsed from the British Library’s gift shop, Secret London: an Unusual Guide:
“In September 1854 alone, 500 Soho residents died of cholera. Dr. John Snow, an anaesthetist (also discoverer of chloroform) who lived in Soho Square, concluded that the polluted water pump on Broad Street had caused the epidemic. Initially, the establishment scoffed at Snow’s theory. The Reverend Henry Whitehead, vicar of St. Luke’s church on nearby Berwick Street, claimed the deceased were the victims of divine intervention. But soon after Snow forcibly removed the handle of the water pump, the outbreak ended. In his research into the causes of the disease, Dr. Snow had to look no further than the Broad Street brewery. One of the perks of employees was an allowance of free beer, so they all abstained from drinking water. None of the 70 workers caught cholera.”
Sadly, the bartender informed me that the replica pump across the street was not available due to construction, but I did get a snap with this plaque!
Hmm, maybe this is why a girl can’t seem to get a glass of water to drink in this city….
Day 2 concluded!