I was working down in London since Monday 19 October and stayed in my little Home from Home instead of stopping in some poxy little hotel somewhere shady. I didn’t really do much for the week except work and nip along to Greenwich on an evening for my tea. I’m sure your not really interested in a blow by blow account of my culinary delights so I will kick off when my partner in crime joined me for a few days
Saturday 24 October
Jane arrived at Kings Cross at 1.50 from Grantham. I met her on time but Abbey Wood train station is closed for the weekend whilst carrying out works as part of the new station and concourse build. This meant catching a Rail Replacement Bus from Abbey Wood through to Plumstead and then jumping on the train from there. Bit of a pain and adds probably 30 minutes to the journey.Got off eventually at London Bridge, south of the water and had a steady stroll through London, passing St Paul’s and up Gray’s Inn Road until I arrived at Kings Cross to meet Jane.
We nipped up the Northern line a couple of stops on the tube before getting off at Camden Town which is famous for its market. It was a heaving bustling place and we spent the afternoon wandering around the eclectic stalls with a brief sojourn into one of the pubs on the high street followed by a cracking Burger joint called Hache on Inverness Street where we had two amazing burgers. Really worth trying if ever you are in this area ( and of course you like burgers ! )
When we had finished our market trek we came back out into the outside where we found it was now persisting down with rain and so we made our way back on to the tube and picked up our train again from London Bridge. Unfortunately Abbey Wood was still out of action and so we had to change again at Plumstead where we stood for 15 minutes in the rain waiting for the Railway Replacement Bus. Ooo er ! Mr & Mrs Soggy or what !
Arriving back at Abbey Wood we then had a 10 minute walk back to the campsite but fortunately the rain had reduced considerably in strength. We spent the rest of the evening drying ourselves out before calling it a night.
Sunday 25 October
Had a really lazy getting up today accompanied with the clock turned back an hour to enhance our slovenly stop in bed. Lovely ! Once we got up showered and breakfasted we set off to Greenwich to meet up with our Australian friend Teresa who has been over in the UK for a few weeks now and recently visited us up in Nottingham. She is now stopping with relatives in East London and with Jane coming down to see me served as a good opportunity to meet up again.
We had the laborious trek via bus to Plumstead again before we could catch our train to Greenwich and met up with Teresa about 11.15 and settled in Wetherspoons for a quick coffee and hot chocolate for me ( Honest ! )
Firstly we had a wander around a couple of the small markets at Greenwich and having bought a couple of little nicknacks we headed into Greenwich park and up to the observatory to examine the view over Canary Wharf, the O2 and the city of London from the top of the hill.
We then had a quick wander in the amazing photographic museum of stars, northern lights, eclipses and the like. It’s free and the photos are superbly stunning. We explained about the observatory to Teresa and she is planning to come and spend some time here later in the week when she can get around without the crowds and dedicate more time.
By now it was around 2.00 and with tummys rumbling we went for Sunday lunch in the Plume of Feathers, a really typical English pub which Jane & I like and also thankfully so did Teresa. The girls had roast beef and I had pork which were all delicious but not as scrumptious as the decadent salted caramel tart that I demolished whilst those two had bread & butter pudding. Yum Yum !
From the pub we wandered around the Painted Hall in the Old Naval College which was designed by Christopher Wren who of course designed St Paul’s Cathedral amongst other famous buildings.The Hall has spectacular painted ceilings and walls painted by Sir John Thornhill between 1708 and 1727. From there strolled down to the river Thames and around the Cutty Sark, the old Tea Clipper ship which Jane & I visited last year.
We finished the day off with another coffee in a small cafe before it was time to take our leave and bid our fond farewells to Teresa. Safe Journey home and we will see you next time we venture Down Under.
Jane and I then travelled the long winded trudge back to the campsite and spent the rest of the evening reading before lights out.
Monday 26 October
I had to work today during the day and Jane pottered around in “Cis” and around the campsite before I arrived back and we ventured back once more to Greenwich to have our tea. Luckily the trains are running back normally so we didn’t have to fanny around catching buses and the like.
We went first for a pint in one of my favourite pubs called the Lost Hour where on a Monday night they sell Real Ale at £2.50 which is pretty cheap for London. We then chose an Italian/Mexican place to eat which wasn’t bad apart from them adding 12 % service charge ( Which I hate people doing ! ). We chose the Fajitas which were very tasty and hit the spot.
Leaving the restaurant we had a steady stroll back to the station and returned to “Cis” to rest up for the rest of the evening
Tuesday 27 October
I worked again this morning and then later we made our way back to Camden Lock and Market where we had a wander around once more before making our way to the Ice Wharf which is a Wetherspoons pub alongside the canal. It is quite large and a modern building instead of the usual old buildings that they tend to convert.
We were joined by my Scottish mate Glyn who is down in London for a meeting tomorrow.After a couple of drinks we wandered around the market for a brief spell again before returning to the excellent Hache Burger restaurant for another round of delicious burgers albeit different to the ones we had on Saturday.
We caught the tube back to Euston near to where Glyn is staying and popped into the Bree Louis which is a famous real ale pub for a pint. Most of the 40ish beers on offer at this time have some connection with Halloween like Wychwood Hobgoblin or Moorhouses Black Witch etc. Jane wasn’t that impressed with the decor inside though and I am unlikely to get her there on future occasions. ( just have to go on my own then ! )
Feeling sorry for Jane we moved next to the Doric Arch which is just on the corner of Euston Bus station and is a Fullers pub with much nicer decorations and surroundings.
Calling a halt to the night we bade our Scottish buddy Ta Ta and returned to “Cis” just in time for bed.
Wednesday 28 October
Simply got up this morning and took a steady drive home arriving just after lunch and just in time for Jane’s Client she had booked in for Beautification.
Our next trip is to Wells & Bristol and North Somerset on 12 November so look out for us there
Cheers Pat & Jane xx