“Travel comes from some deep urge to see the world, like the urge that brings up a worm in an Irish bog to see the moon when it is full...” – Lord Dunsany
|(Early morning ride in the train from Wembley)|
Date: 23 May 2017 (Tuesday)
Route: London free and easy
Hotel: Travelodge London Wembley (£66.50)
As earlier planned, today we visited The Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. We had earlier bought the tickets on-line at £32/pax. The busiest period at Madame Tussauds is between 12 noon and 3pm, so we booked the earliest slot available. There were armed policemen everywhere and visitors were subject to thorough checks. Because of the safety alert, the museum will not admit visitors with large backpacks. Luckily we traveled light.
The major highlights of the wax museum were the waxworks of famous and historic people, film characters, favorite Celebrities, Marvel Super Heroes, The Royal Family, the Star Wars Experience and other incredible waxworks on display.
|(Madam Tussaud Wax Museum)|
|(Priority Entrance, no queue)|
|(Mr 007, Jame Bond)|
|(The Royal Family)|
|(My favorite band, the Beatles)|
|(With the US Presidents, Mr Obama and Mr Kennedy)|
|(A train ride through London)|
Today we had time to visit the London Central Mosque and performed our prayers there. The mosque is also known as the Islamic Cultural Centre or Regent's Park Mosque. It is located near Regent's Park.
It was designed by Sir Frederick Gibberd, completed in 1978, and has a prominent golden dome. The main hall can accommodate over 5,000 worshippers,with women praying on a balcony overlooking the hall.
The inside of the dome is decorated with broken shapes in the Islamic tradition. There is also a small bookshop and halal café on the premises. The mosque is joined to the Islamic Cultural Centre (ICC) which was officially opened by King George VI in 1944. The land was donated by George VI to the Muslim community of Britain in return for the donation of land in Cairo by King Farouk of Egypt and Sudan on which to build an Anglican cathedral.
|(A beautiful golden dome)|
|(The entrance of the Grand Mosque)|
|(The main prayer hall)|
|(The large courtyard)|
|(A resting and recreation place for families)|