For those weekday lunch breaks on rainy days, there's no place I love to go more than The British Museum, which fortunately for me is a two-minute walk from the office. I get to stay dry, soak up some history and culture, and finish at the café with a tasty bite to eat. It's win-win-win, and, like all the national museums in the United Kingdom, it's free! Thank you, your Majesty!
The collection is one of the largest in the world, with over 2 million objects, so it's unlikely I'll ever run out of things to view, no matter how often it rains in London. There are so many departments and treasures from around the world and throughout history. You can view the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon Marbles, mummies, precious coins, Saxon weaponry, and so, so much more. My favorite department is probably Ancient Egypt and Sudan: I just love strolling along, looking up at giant statues of pharaohs and down at little scarabs and jade cats and exquisite burial fineries.
But my favorite part of the whole museum is undoubtedly the Great Court, which you walk into when you first enter the museum. It's the largest covered square in Europe, two acres topped by a glass roof full of natural light. Beautiful.
In the Great Court, there is a quote by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, which I only noticed today for the first time as I was standing on the second floor balcony: "and let thy feet / millenniums hence / be set in midst of knowledge"
I'm not exactly sure what Tennyson meant by this, but there's no better time to start.