Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Ancient Egypt In London: 10 Places | Londonist
Best Of London | By: Will Noble

Ancient Egypt In London: 10 Places

Ah London. Land of sphinxes, pyramids and obelisks. Home of hieroglyphics. Final resting place of great pharaohs. Nope, we haven't gone off our rocker. Since the late 18th century London has been gaga for all things ancient Egyptian. In fact, we reckon it's the best place to see Egypt outside of Egypt. Here's why.


Eatery decor doesn't get much quirkier than LMNT in Hackney. It's a screwball hodgepodge of ancient Roman, Greek and Egyptian. The latter is represented by hieroglyphic panels, fake mummy coffins nailed to the wall and sphinx shaped fireplaces. The whole lot must have been tacked together for a fraction of the price of Harrods' Egyptian Hall, yet LMNT's tongue in cheek touch makes it infinitely more tasteful. Whether the archaic erotica in the toilets is tasteful, we'll leave up to you.

10. They sphinx it's all over...

London is dripping with so much Egyptian history and influence, the final place on this list is actually another list of places. Deep breath then. The facade (and gaudy clock) of the former Daily Telegraph building on Fleet Street, the Hoover Building in Perivale, the Egyptian treasure trove at the Soane Museum (including the Sarcophagus of Seti I), the tableau above the entrance to 35 New Broad Street, Piccadilly's Egyptian Hall (no longer with us). And let's not forget Canary Wharf, surely London's most famous pyramid.