A bucket handle and a silver lion

Alfie's terrace
Alfie’s terrace

Tigger had a day off today, so of course, we wanted to make the most of it. What do you do on your free day? Why, you start by going out to breakfast, of course! In honour of the special occasion, we decided on one of our favourite locales, the rooftop cafe at Alfie’s Antiques Market in exotic Marylebone.

They do a really good vegetarian breakfast there and in warm weather it is most pleasant to sit outside with a view over the rooftops and an unexpected garden.

A view over the rooftops
A view over the rooftops
Unexpected garden
Unexpected garden

On the way back to the station, we saw…

An improvised ashtray,
An improvised ashtray,…
a beautiful old building,
a beautiful old building,…

and a mysterious studded door.
and a mysterious studded door

The studded door belongs to St Edward’s Convent which houses the local chapter of the Sisters of Mercy. (Nuns, not the rock and roll band!)

Railway bridge and 'bucket handle'
Railway bridge and “bucket handle”

We returned to Marylebone station and took the train to Wembley Stadium. Why? Yes, well, that’s a good question. I suppose we felt it would be good to have a look at the famous stadium with its “bucket handle” and the area where it resides. I can’t say it was a very edifying experience, unfortunately.

You leave the station by a broad railway bridge whose structure echoes that of the famous “bucket handle”. The bridge and the walkway which leads from it are broad to accommodate the great crowds that come here for football matches. Mercifully, it was quiet today.

To our disappointment, there was nothing there to retain us. I will say no more in case you live there! We preferred to move on, passing through Golders Green, at whose crossroad stands this war memorial and horse trough.

Golders Green War Memorial
Golders Green War Memorial

We didn’t tarry at Golders Green, however. We used to go there quite often at one point in our lives and, to be honest, there isn’t much there of interest these days. Maybe we’ll take another look one day but today we simply changed buses and hurried onwards.

A silver lion
A silver lion

We came to Highgate Village, where I found this silver lion. SilverTiger obviously felt a bond with a silver lion. I would have liked to take him home but there wouldn’t be any room for him in our tiny flat.

There are other places in London that, like Highgate Village, retain something of a past when they were separate towns or villages, surrounded by farms and wilderness. Each has its own character, of course, and is worth exploring for that reason.

The angel and the Angel Inn
The angel and the Angel Inn

Doorway crest
Doorway crest

Even here, the angel name follows us. This angel, on the Angel Inn, has unfortunately lost her head. (Angels are said to be neuter but I think, from certain surviving features, that this one is female.)

Tigger  spott­ed this crest above a door­way and as I was taking the photo, a passer-by spoke to me. He said that he often came that way but had never before noticed the crest. Like many people, he was curious about what we were photographing and why.

It seems that we are often oblivious to the interesting, curious and beautiful things around us until someone, possibly by accident, points them out to us.

Highgate High Street
Highgate High Street

About SilverTiger

I live in Islington with my partner, "Tigger". I blog about our life and our travels, using my own photos for illustration.
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2 Responses to A bucket handle and a silver lion

  1. cbramhall says:

    I’m impressed: name checking the Sisters of Mercy in this post after your recent trip to Whitby – some of the Goth vibes must have rubbed off on you.

    • SilverTiger says:

      Not really: their site came up when I was looking for information on the (religious) Sisters of Mercy online!

      I quite like Goths, actually, though I am not so sure about their musical tastes.

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