Hampstead today. By bus to Kings Cross where we got the underground to Hampstead.
... looking at this and than and wondering how does the chimney sweep get his brush up here?!
Burgh House a museum with a cafe where we decided to have lunch. The actual museum was closed but the cafe open and they obviously do weddings here too and we enjoyed our soup and cheese scone in the basement cafe whilst watching the wedding guests milling about in the garden minus their heads since we were too low down to see all of them!
The front door of Burgh House
When we came before there was a wedding taking place and we thought what a stunning backdrop it all made for the photos.
James Adam by Antonio Zucchi dated 1763 has not been seen by the public for 150 years and is currently on loan to English Heritage for temporary display at Kenwood House. James Adam, along with his brother Robert, was the architect for Kenwood House. You probably know that paintings are not really my cup of tea, although there are loads of them here at Kenwood which I saw last time, and that I am more fascinated by the stunning architecture and decorations.
refurbished fairly recently and now as they had been intended without lots of gilding and so on. It reminded me of Wedgewood Jasperware.
I enjoyed looking at the little museum especially the displays of shoe buckles seen above behind glass so not too clear a photo.
.... till we came out on Parliament Hill. On a clear day the views from here are quite stunning but this particular day it was somewhat misty but we could still see a long way and make out various landmarks.
We made our way down from the Heath to the village passing this post box on the way and I was able to post my postcards sadly too late for the last collection and being a Saturday they would remain in the box till the Monday but at least they would arrive with a London postmark!! My legs were quite tired by the time I took this photo and I crouched down to take it too which might explain the lean to it!
We got a bus back to Charing Cross and from there another to our hotel - the end of another interesting day..
Sunday morning and we had arranged to meet the Wanderer for lunch at Spitalfields - she had an errand to run in the City so this was a suitable place for us to meet and have lunch and suited us fine.
... where I found this pretty garden on the embankment. There are gardens and little patches of planting everywhere in London I think it is all an attempt to make green corridors for wildlife as well as making everywhere look good and providing oases of peace for people too.
City is a square mile of London and is the major business and financial centre and as such not many workers are there on Sundays so it is quiet.
Sky Garden which you can visit for free if you book in advance. We did this back in May but as I said all my photos were lost. We didn't go again this time as I can remember it all but I would certainly recommend it if you are in London the views from up there are stunning if the weather is clear.
The Bank of England
The Royal Exchange - this is the area where anything financial happens.
Real Greek which was busy but it was good to have time for a chat and to eat together. We shan't see her again now till after she returns from Nepal at the end of November. Having eaten and caught up with the news we said goodbye and she set off for home and we had a wander round the market before going towards the Thames and the walk home (well not home itself of course but to our hotel!) along the Thames path which actually runs from the source of the Thames in the Cotswolds to the Thames Barrier at Greenwich - though of course we weren't doing all of it!!
The Shard. Looking up river towards Blackfriars Bridge.
At last we reached Charing Cross where we got a bus back to Kensington. Having had a full meal at lunch time we wanted just a light snack for supper but it is not easy to find sandwiches and such like in the evening in Kensington and we were not impressed with the bruchetta we eventually had in Cafe Concerto. We went back to the hotel and had a coffee in the bar/breakfast room there and sat reading the day's papers over our drinks till bed time.
We packed our bags and checked out of our hotel leaving the cases there to pick up later in the day. It was meant to rain today so we set off with our macs in our bags and indeed they were needed!
We wandered around the area and looked at this garden briefly
Maggie Jones again for lunch this time and it was as before excellent. Once well fed and watered we walked back to our hotel not far awayand the rain had eased by now luckily and we collected our suitcases and got the bus to Charing Cross where we walked across the bridge to the South Bank and on to Waterloo.
The weather had definitely changed for the worse but we had been lucky thus far so had no complaints. We were in plenty of time for our train home and our taxi was waiting at the station to take us home.
London is a great place for a short break though it can be tiring especially if you do as we did and walk a lot.
My computer has just thrown another wobbly and all the text on Blogger is tiny though on Mr M's computer which I am now using it is fine. I shut down the laptop which took nearly 10 minutes to actually shut down and I think it might be going back to the shop still under guarantee since this is the problem I had before. So I may be gone a while!!