Wednesday, 23 January 2013

50. Kentish Town

Kentish Town
Kentish Town - 22nd January 2013 A thousand apologies for not posting all of last year! It didn't mean I abandoned the project just that I didn't record things properly. So I am back to being serious about this. I visit Kentish Town at least once a week but I'm normally getting on and not off the Tube - last night I was getting off so that I could visit The Pineapple ... a pub not far from the Tube station, the Sci-Fi Book Club meet there every month to have a meal and discuss the book of the month.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

49. Tottenham Hale

Tottenham Hale is on the Victoria (Blue) Line. It is near to where the London Olympic Village is being built.

I was visiting Tottenham Hale today because a friend and I were going to walk a stretch of the Lea Valley River Walk, (about 7 miles) We started the walk at the beginning of 'section 3', which took us down through some marsh land, where we saw some cattle. After deciding they weren't British Longhorn (as the notice beside them said they were) or a cross between pandas and cows I think they must be Belted Galloways. I remembered the National Trust love putting this breed onto their land as they are allegedly very docile.

Further on we came to the Olympic village, and new stadium. I didn't photograph these sights (or sites) as there were large groups of guided tours along this stretch and because it is all still under construction.

The next point of interest was the old Bryant and May's Matchstick factory - it's no longer a factory but fancy residential apartments. All of this area appeared to be derelict buildings and disused factories, but I liked the graffiti.

By the last stretch we were into the Docklands and we walked through some film studios and past what looked like a graveyard of old tanks.

Finally we hit the Limehouse Docks and stopped at the Grapes for a drink and dinner.

48. Oxford Circus

Oxford Circus is in the centre of London, on the junction of the Central (Red Line), Bakerloo (Brown Line) and Victoria (Blue Line).

Oxford Circus exits onto the "world famous" Oxford Street, home of numberous department stores and designer label boutiques. It is always jam packed with tourists and a nightmare to walk around. I was there today because I wanted to buy a dress for a special occasion.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

47. Chancery Lane

Chancery Lane is on the Central (Red) Line, bang in the middle of the Inns of Court.

During the week this area is teeming with life - lots of trendy bars and restaurants, but this was a Saturday afternoon, lots of places were closed and the streets virtually empty!

I was meeting a friend for lunch, we then went along to the British Museum and then to a Literary evening at the Yorkshire Grey.

There are some lovely "squares" and gardens here, and being a lovely sunny afternoon it was very pleasant to sit and watch the world go by.

46. South Kensington

South Kensington is on the District (Green) and Circle (Yellow) Lines. It is the station serving Exhibiton Road - the street that the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum are all in.

Now I have to say that I didn't go up onto the street when I left the station because I took the underpass along to the V & A - I was going there to see an Exhibition on Chocolate. Well I thought I was going to see an Exhibition on Chocolate but it turns out it was just a small display, very disappointing. However I went to see several other exhibitons when I was there and I actualy really enjoyed it. I will have to check the write-ups properly before going back though!

Sunday, 21 August 2011

45. Bank

Bank is the junction of the Northern (Black), Central (Red), District (Green), Central (Yellow) and the DLR (the Drain).

Bank is a major destination for thousands of commuters every week day. I was there today because I was visiting our main office in Guildhall Yard.

The building is rather prestigious, we are on the 4th floor; an old fashioned lift with a sliding gate and lift operator takes us up and down.

From our office window we have a perfect view of the square, I had been planning on waitign for some grand event before adding this location to my blog - but I never seem to have my camera with me at those times!

Sunday, 7 August 2011

44. Kensal Rise

Kensal Rise is on the Bakerloo (Brown) Line.

The station is above ground and as I left I spotted these massive sunflowers nodding towards me.

I was visitng Kensal Rise today because there is a very famous cemetry there. It is the oldest cemetry in London and over 700 famous people are buried there.

I didn't find the graves of the three I was most interested in - William Makepeace Thackeray, Anthony Trollop or Winthrop Mackworth-Praed. But there were some amazing monuments there.

I loved this tree.