As my days of independence are winding down I’ve been trying to get out and enjoy the city as much as I can. At the end of this week the kids begin a two-week school break, during which I’m hoping to have a baby. It has been such a pleasure to have these days and moments to myself. All of these pictures were just taken with my phone, I’ve gotten pretty lazy about carrying my nice camera around with me.
Deptford High Street
4 March – Richard and I have also been trying to make the most of our childless time, since babysitters are hard to come by, and so we’ve been having lunch dates on Friday. One particularly sunny Friday after I dropped off the kids at school I decided to walk to his office in Canary Wharf. I walked through Deptford, along the southside of the river, caught a river boat to cross, and then walked through Westferry Circus (a really pretty little place) to Canary Wharf. It was all wonderfully pleasant and took me about two hours, so I arrived a little early for lunch. I sat in the KPMG lobby and listened to my audiobook while I waited for Richard.
Canary Wharf from across the river in Deptford.
I love Canary Wharf. It is its own city, bustling with navy suits and classy business women.
Spring is supposed to be coming, but it doesn’t really feel like it.
10 March – I had a birthday gift in mind for Eli that I needed to buy at the British Museum, so on another day out I spent a couple hours there in the morning, had lunch alone at Wagamama, and then did some walking in Soho, where I picked up some unbelievably tasty doughnuts at Crosstown, per the recommendation of a doughnut loving sister of mine.
The British Museum Atrium
Mango and Coconut are a match made in heaven.
Who knew that Ramen noodles are a legit meal?
17 March – It was looking to be another sunny day so I chose a park I found on Pinterest that was located near King’s Cross Station. But upon leaving the station I discovered that I was right by the British Library, which was also on my list of places still to see. So I went there first, and it was the most fortuitous accident. I may or may not have made it there if I hadn’t stumbled upon it like that, but it was one of my favorite places I’ve been to. I only spent an hour there, in the Treasure Gallery, and treasures there were!
There were original musical scores by Bach, Mozart and others, including the original score of Handel’s Messiah. There was an original Magna Carta. There were countless religious documents from all faiths, that were hundreds of years old. But my favorite were the original manuscripts from authors like Dickens, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte and others. It was so fascinating to look at their pages, see the phrases they crossed out and changed, and imagine them writing on those very pages, ideas that became famous works of literature. I couldn’t stop smiling. There was also a really fun Alice in Wonderland exhibit celebrating the books 150 year anniversary.
From the library I walked to the Camley Street Natural Park, which was green and lovely, but a little bit of a let-down. But as I walked along the canal, in no particular direction, I stumbled upon something else perfectly delightful. Granary Square was “opened” in 2012, but it was designed around existing historic buildings, making it a really fun blend of modern and classical. It is right along Regents Canal, and has coordinated water fountains and restaurants, and aesthetically pleasing landscaping. I went into Waitrose and bought some almonds and carrots and ate my lunch basking in the sunshine and ambiance, feeling quite lucky to have found it.
From there I went back to Soho for more doughnuts and a little shopping on Regent’s street and then, completely exhausted, caught a train home.
St. Pancras Train Station
Inside the British Library
Camley Street Nature Park
Granary Square from across the canal.
I’ve walked though a lot of tunnels in London, but this was the coolest of them all. The colored walls changed color, as you walked along.
My heart just bursts with love for London and all she has to offer.