An anniversary day out

After a lazy start to the day, we decided to go to Cafe Solo in Camden Town for our anniversary breakfast or , rather, brunch. Accordingly, we took the 214 thither. To our disappointment, the cafe was closed and even looks as if it may have shut down for good. This is sad because it was one of our favourite places, serving what was probably the best and best served vegetarian breakfast in this part of London.

Goodfare Italian Cafe Restaurant, Camden Town
Goodfare Italian Cafe Restaurant, Camden Town

Instead, we went to the Goodfare Italian-run cafe which, though colourful, didn’t please us nearly as much.

Having eaten we went into Maplin and bought a battery operated phone charger. One of my phones is beginning to play up and has suffered sudden loss of battery power a couple of times lately so it seemed a good idea to carry the equivalent of a spare wheel with me. At £2.99 each, they are worth having.

We also popped into Carphone Warehouse for a quick fondle of the phones on display. I still haven’t made up my mind what to replace my Communicator with.

We returned to the stop for the 214 and I couldn’t help thinking the sky looked a bit threatening.

The sky looked a bit threatening
The sky looked a bit threatening

The 214 took us to Hampstead Heath where we did some grass surfing under a sheltering oak tree. The view from here is always spectacular even when the air is hazy as it is today.

View from the Heath
View from the Heath

Heath crow

We watched the crows who are in their element here and a brown moth with a furry back landed on my sleeve, perhaps disoriented by the bright daylight. He flew away again before I had a chance to take a photo.

After a while we walked down to South End Green and took a bus to town. I guessed Tigger had a plan in mind. She did. I guessed what it was when we found ourselves walking along Piccadilly.

The Royal Academy
The Royal Academy

Into the RA we went, and upstairs to the J W Waterhouse exhibition. I know what I like in art and what I don’t like. And this is something I like. Waterhouse paints scenes of a dramatic and mythical character but the people in the pictures look like real people and, to me, that is their saving grace. The exhibition, as you may guess, was packed, and it was difficult to circulate, so we didn’t stay all that long but it was an enjoyable experience.

Wall panel commemorating the demolished St James's Theatre, Angel Court
Wall panel commemorating the demolished St James’s Theatre, Angel Court

We then crossed Piccadilly and made our way to St James’s Park for some grass surfing while watching geese, pigeons, squirrels and crows about their activities. Last time we were here, the lake had been drained but it was now filled again and in the clear water we could see small fish swimming.

Grass surfer's view of St James's Park
Grass surfer’s view of St James’s Park

We left the Park by crossing Birdcage Walk and climbed Cockpit Steps into Old Queen’s Street. This is a business and administrative area so everything was closed and it was very quiet. We stopped for a drink at one of the few pubs open and then continued into the Westminster area where some famous landmarks are to be seen.

Three landmarks, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the London Eye
Three landmarks, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the London Eye

We had covered some ground—Camden Town, Hampstead Heath, Piccadilly, St James’s Park and Westminster—so we felt we deserved a good anniversary dinner. Several buses took us back to dear old Islington and to the Masala Zone at Islington Green.

The perfect way to end the perfect anniversary day!

Lions guarding the money, Bank of England
Lions guarding the money, Bank of England
(note that pre-decimals coins are shown)


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 An anniversary day out

  1. Villager says:

    We had a good breakfast a couple of years back in Camden….it might have been the Solo……is it anywhere near the Holiday Inn, via a back street ?

    • SilverTiger says:

      Cafe Solo is, or was, in Inverness Street which is hard to miss as it has a noticeable arched entrance with the name “Inverness Street” in it and there is usually a market there. The Holiday Inn is certainly nearby.

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