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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Cittie of Yorke

At one of our early trips to London we visited the old pub Cittie of Yorke on High Holborn.
Cittie of Yorke has Britain’s longest bar and private booths along one wall. These booths are often occupied by the legal professionals from the nearby Grey’s Inn. It is heated by a large triangular iron fireplace. The fireplace has no chimney but flues that run below the wooden floor. It was build in 1920, but there has been a pub on this site since 1430

Probably the best beer in the world

Beer was brewed here "Probably the best beer in the world" The coppers are long gone. The mighty old grain silo converted into luxury apartments. Raging fires no longer roar in the boilers. Where beer was once brewed "probably the best beer in the world" High rise developments and shopping malls now stands. A piece of history has been torn out of Copenhagen. Only a a restaurant a couple of bars and curio shop remains. But in the old stables the mighty dray horses still stand placidly waiting to pull old brewer carts filled with laughing tourists. The old Carlsberg brewery has gone forever and will never come back.
Beer was brewed here
“Probably the best beer in the world”
The coppers are long gone.
The mighty old grain silo converted into luxury apartments.
Raging fires no longer roar in the boilers.
Where beer was once brewed “probably the best beer in the world” High rise developments and shopping malls now stand.
A piece of history has been torn out of Copenhagen.
Only a a restaurant a couple of bars and curio shop remains.
But in the old stables the mighty dray horses still stand placidly waiting to pull old brewer carts filled with laughing tourists.
The old Carlsberg brewery has gone forever and will never come back.