Much Ado About London

Train from Edinburgh to London; arrived Tuesday afternoon to a very windy city. Much sneezing ensued. E got a haircut upon arrival, believing this is old tradition among colonials. Change of plan due to disappointing news at a fave place called Orchard on Sicilian Avenue:

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Boo. Not even R’s trainers, with their vibrant blue glow, could cheer us.

Went to M&S on Tottenham Road for takeaway supper at our lodging near Russell Square. These tasty spuds were on sale. This leads us to conclude that the new princess ought to be known as “Charlie Potatoes,” per Robert Blake’s lingo.

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Wednesday: Light, late lunch at Gail’s Kitchen. The AA presentation and conversation, followed by a delightful dinner with colleagues at Stephen St. Kitchen.

Thursday: View Jean Cocteau’s mural at Notre Dame de France, light candle there in memory of Cecilia Horton, purchase advance tix for John Singer Sargent exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Thence to Harrod’s to buy a takeaway sandwich and some chocolates. Bench-picnic at the quiet, charming greenspace behind Holy Trinity Brompton. Then a visit to the Victoria & Albert Museum, for Staying Power, and a coffee w/ a slice of cake at Vicky’s Kitchen (kidding!). R had to attend to his religious observance and headed to the Princess Louise pub for a pint of Samuel Smith’s ale. E visited the Foundling Museum. Supper at Chettinad, Indian food near Bedford Square. Later, “enjoyed” watching the Election results in our hotel’s TV lounge.

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In the Crypt below St. Martin in the Fields, E plots a route.
The Victoria & Albert Museum has many things, including cool dining rooms and sweets.
The Victoria & Albert Museum has many things, including cool dining rooms — and cake. You will note woman in background looking understandably aghast: She is without cake.

Friday: John Singer Sargent at the National Portrait Gallery, also Wellington exhibition, shared lunch at the Crypt followed by a free concert (Jan Hugo, piano) at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, then walk from Trafalgar Square to the Supreme Court (a needed coffee stop), and after two-minutes’ silence for VE Day commemorations at the Cenotaph, we were two of hundreds doing a slow shuffle along Whitehall as the crowd dispersed. Drinks with a friend in Covent Garden. Reception at the Architectural Association. Supper at Sagar (yes, Indian food two nights in a row).

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Inside St. Martin in the Fields for a piano concert.
Inside St. Martin-in-the-Fields for a piano concert.
In (weirdly) the cafe at the Supreme Court. Don't stare at the eyes - they follow....
In (weirdly) the cafe at the Supreme Court. Don’t stare at the eyes – they follow….
Near the Cenotaph for the VE Day commemoration.
Near the Cenotaph for the VE Day commemoration, A Service of Remembrance.
Many people didn't seem aware of the two minutes of silence, but this gentleman came out and had a moment.
Many people didn’t seem aware of the two minutes of silence, but this gentleman came out and had a moment.
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At the AA.
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Feeling welly welly welly welly welly welly well.

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R + Thamesmead

Saturday: a post-breakfast, pre-check-out walk to Tavistock Square, then a stroll along Regent’s Canal Grand Union Towpath to get to the hopping Grain Store, where our table-karma kicked in. Excellent lunch. Then some out-of-doors leisure ’til our 3:00 train, including time to read the info boards along the way re: the incredible development happening at and history of King’s Cross.

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Lunch awaits inside this impressive development at King’s Cross.
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Delish: Carrot and orange salad, lebneh, quinoa flat bread.
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Waiter! There’s lettuce in my cake.
Some connection with Mary Shelley at this spot near King's Cross, maybe?
Some connection with Mary Shelley at this spot near King’s Cross, maybe?

And then seats in the quiet coach on the train back to Edinburgh. Which was truly quiet for a while, but that’s another story…We call it Tearaways on a Train.

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One thought on “Much Ado About London

  1. …that really looks like a great little trip, but sorry to hear about your spot on the Sicilian Row, i love that little pedestrian street, you’ll have to find another reason to go there regularly. PS..i do hope there is Princess Charlotte petrol for sale on the motorway.

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