The Paperblog Brief Guide to Food and Book Lovin' London
(TPBGTFABLL, for shortsies)
|The British Library|
The British Library is just great, you guys. Not only is it right next to King's Cross station, if you want to go and creep on the Hogwarts stop (good luck, Muggles), not only is it totally free to the public (except for special exhibits) but it is home to more antique books worth a billion dollars than individual pixels in this post worth nothing. I saw Queen Elizabeth and Queen Elizabeth's handwriting! I saw the Magna Carta (spoiler alert: there are tens of Magna Cartas; apparently they are as inexpensive as a ladie in ye olde Cheapside - heyoooo), some important codices from like...toga times, AND original Beatles song lyrics. I also enjoyed a delicious ginger cookie and tea - IN the library.
|I love this bookcase.|
The only downside?
There are many treasures housed here - it's very much a researchers library. Check the website if there is something you want to see. While the mini-museum has some great stuff, you should not go expecting to see everything. There's a process to see many of the rare items. The other problem? Why does your gift shop have next to nothing with images from the gorgeous book tank? What a huge revenue loss! I totally was hoping to get some notecards or postcards or something!
|The Library Bar at the Lanesborough Hotel|
You know what is delightful? Many leather-bound books in a library themed bar that smells of rich mahogany. I'm pretty sure it's where good librarians go when we die. Guys, this place is POSH. The waiters are super French, there are doormen, a live jazz pianist, the drinks start at an economical 15 pounds (HA - there's even a James Bond which prices in at like 34 pounds to get you some of that moonshine), and I'm pretty sure there was a Russian oligarch across the room. Awesomely, the drink menu comes in a faux book binder, and the first page is all library themed cocktails. I had the library sour, and it was delicious. Your drink will come with a complimentary tower of snacks, so enjoy both the ambiance, and your sesame sticks - you've attained book nerd nirvana.
|Library bar menu!|
The only downside?
Just ask your travel budget.
3. Harrods (Tube Stop: Knightsbridge)
Guess what? I'm about to share a big secret and lay some knowledge on all two of my avid readers. I'm going to assume you've heard of Harrods, the giant department store of very pricey things, formerly owned by the shady guy whose son died with Princess Diana? Long story short, I think it is now owned by Qatar. As in the country. But I could have been drunk on perfume fumes and the leather smells rolling off the expensive purses clogging up my Pinterest boards , so you can disregard that. But I digress! Let's return to the moment where I drop my super secret on you. You ready? Brace yourself. This is big.