What do you do in London when there are three hours to wait for a train home?
Well the choices are numerous. You could go and sit in Costas and people watch, wait at the station and read a book, go for a drink in a pub, sit in one of the parks if you are lucky enough to be in London on one of those rare sunny days OR you could visit a museum, which is what i did.
A quick look at the map told me that the British Museum was only a 15 minute walk from Euston from where my train departed for Northampton later that evening. Taking the Underground to Tottenham Court Road I emerged at the feet of Freddie Mercury’s statue at the Dominion Theatre.
Luckily close by there was a map where i could get my bearings and make my way to the British Museum. I now had two hours to pass and on entering the huge main doors saw a sign for “Free Spotlight Tours ” of 20 minutes each which are designed to give you a brief overview of some interesting exhibits. So instead of wandering around aimlessly which so often happens in mueums, I found that in the time i had spare i could take in three of these tours.
The Parthenon at 17.00
The Rosetta Stone at 17.30
The Enlightenment at 18.30
In the half hour period between the second and third tours i had a quick look round the SE Asia room and so making the most of my precious time there.
Even though the tours are just designed to give you a taster the guides made everything interesting and even comical in places and i came away more knowledgeable than when i entered the museum.
As Euston is only a 15 minute walk from the British Museum i arrived there with 20 minutes to spare before the train departed