Since we moved to Holborn last week (it feels like months) I’ve been making an effort to go out every lunchtime and explore the surrounding area. Holborn is basically full of banks, food chains, several bars/pubs, mini supermarkets and Boots, with the odd card shop and a Rymans thrown in. Oh and an Argos. There’s a couple of beauty salons too, one of which I will be trying out tomorrow. I’m not entirely sure it’s a good idea getting one’s eyebrows waxed in a new salon a week before one’s holiday but I don’t really have much choice.
Last week, after some advice from Twitter, I went to Bond Street on the tube in my lunch break. “It only takes a few minutes” translated as “it’ll take your entire lunch break to get there and back with no time in the middle to actually do anything”. Covent Garden is indeed within walking distance, if you walk fast and don’t actually want to do anything once you get there except turn round and walk back again.
I suppose it’ll be good for my bank balance that the only clothes shops anywhere near are Dorothy Perkins and New Look, neither of which I use very often (it’s a size thing). There’s also an Accessorize but let’s face it, you can only use so many accessories on one small body.
Today walked to Lincolns Inn Fields. So did everyone else. But there was plenty of room to sit and soak up the sun and read for a little. It was really lovely. Albeit not quite as quiet as I’d hoped as there appeared to be 2 rival holiday clubs in the park trying to out-sing each other in a battle of the Hokey Kokey vs Ring a Roses.
Entertaining for about 5 minutes…
When I get back from holiday (have I mentioned we’re going on holiday?) I intend to go in the other direction, to Hatton Garden and also back to St Pauls. I want to do as much on foot as I can so I can get my bearings. You miss so much just by hopping on the tube all the time. I’ve finally cracked the commute, getting a later (but faster) train (albeit never with any seats) to London Bridge and then the bus to Holborn (always getting a seat!). If I do the same in reverse each night I have the choice of getting off at Cannon Street or London Bridge, (depending on whether the driver is Stirling Moss or Brian the Snail) so can usually chose which ever station has a train I am likely to catch. Getting the bus is a great way to orient yourself and see things you wouldn’t normally see.
When I came to stay with MrS at Christmas we came into town and walked from Cheapside, across the Millennium Bridge and along the Southbank to London Bridge, that’s the way to see this beautiful city. We promised ourselves we would try and do that more often and have said that once we get back from our holiday we’re going to set aside one weekend a month to do “London Stuff”, make the most of the things on offer around us, the free museums and the wonderful architecture.
I am loving living here and I want to get everything out of it that I can.