London weekend

We went up to London – drove to Kidbrooke Grove and left the car there, and then walked down to Greenwich the wrong way. Went for a drink at the Pelton Arms again, then crossed under the Thames by the foot tunnel and walked along to Canary Wharf and the Cat and Canary. Very blustery and windy.
 Pelton Arms

Got the train to Farringdon and walked up to the Travelodge, stopping for fish and chips on the way. Very nice receptionist at the travelodge who changed our room for us.
Went to meet James and Jenny and Sue Conolly at the Hat and Tun and then followed Thrales Rapper around another four or so pubs before going back to the Travelodge.
On Saturday we stayed in for the morning before walking through Smithfields and past the Old Bailey to Somerset House. Had a look at the skating, and a wander around Fortnum and Mason’s pop up shop, with it’s overpriced sweets and gorgeous smelling hand cream. Lovely scent diffusers shaped like flowers – but at £54 each don’t think I’ll be getting one.
We went to Gaby’s for dinner – it wasn’t nice at all, I had stuffed aubergine which was greasy and had a bad bit in it. Expensive as well. Walked down to a pub and had a drink, and people watched -there was a group of young men having a whale of a time accompanied by two very bored girls. The on to StMartin in the Fields for a candlelit concert – which although there were a few candles was mostly dimmed electric lights – and not very dimmed at that! The music was lovely though, ending with the Four Seasons.
Out into Trafalgar Square and walked back via Tescos in Covent Garden – closed at 10 (!) so had to go down to the Strand to buy wine. Menu watched all day and invented the carrot index of priciness – how much a portion of carrots cost! This was one of the more expensive portions Walked through Drury Lane and our usual route through Russell Square – but the Postmans pub at the Pakenham Arms is no more, shame.

Next day we walked down to Mary’s party and had a good time there, then went to the Doggett’s coat and badge pub with Mel and Sue. Stopped off at another pub on the way back to the Travelodge for Phil to watch American Football and for me to drink Jameson hot toddies – delicious. Monday we went to meet Yvonne at Somerset house – saw the Roman Baths off the Strand for the first time and walked through the Temple. Went on a mini pub crawl with Yvonne ending up at the Bell for a lovely pie.

Walked out to Tower Gateway to catch the train back to Greenwich and went to see Mel dance with her Molly side, then walked back to the car. Lovely weekend.

London weekend

Think I might have put a little too much bubble bath in!

The hotel had choice of Asian. Lebanese or English breakfast buffets – I had a mixture of all three! Rice and dhal, pitta, hummus, couscous and fava beans and a hash brown. It was far nicer than the full English.

Kensal Green Cemetery is fascinating – could spend hours in there. Oh, we just did.Now for a pint to celebrate being alive. — with Philip Burke at The Masons Arms NW10.

  back to the tedium of everyday life tomorrow- but here is a view from Primrose Hill to mark the end of our stay