The Reading Room

Close to our usual Bloomsbury Hotel is the British Museum. We often pop in for a cup of coffee and a bun in the Cafe’ and than have a short look around. The centre court is occupied by the circular building, that used to house the British Library’s Reading room. Over the years it was used by Karl Marx, Oscar Wilde, Mahatma Gandhi, Rudyard Kipling, George Orwell, George Bernard Shaw, Mark Twain, Vladimir Lenin,Virginia Woolf, H: G: Wells and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle amongst many other notable Persons. It reeked of history. On one visit I was determined to visit it and to find the regular seat of my favourite South African author Lawrence G. Green, but sadly the interior had been gutted to make space for the exhibition of the Chinese Terra Cotta Warriors. There was talks of it eventually being restored to its original glory, but this has sadly not happened.
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Alone in the British Museum

If you arrive early, the great centre court at the British Museum is usually sparsely populated. It soon fills with tourists and groups of school children and the Cafe tables quickly fills up. This visitor sat quietly studying his guide book before the onrush. For best viewing click on image to enlarge. Camera Fuji x100s
If you arrive early, the great centre court at the British Museum is usually sparsely populated. It soon fills with tourists and groups of school children and the Cafe tables quickly fills up.
This visitor sat quietly studying his guide book before the onrush.
For best viewing click on image to enlarge.
Camera Fuji x100s