Giraffes and French cafés

Tigger had a day off today and as it was sunny though cold, we decided to go out. The first thing was breakfast and for this we returned to Giraffe.

Looking out of the window at Giraffe
Looking out of the window at Giraffe

Later we would go across the road to the bus stop in the picture and take the bus into town.

The Yorkshire Grey
The Yorkshire Grey

Along the route is this pub, the Yorkshire Grey. Each time I see it I think what a handsome building it is. The figure of the horse soldier is very well executed too, as you can see from the close-up below. (Please note that the picture was taken through the grimy bus window.)

A fine figure
A fine figure

We took the 38 bus to Victoria and travelled on from there to South Bromley. By bus, this is a long journey, partly alleviated by the scenery along the way.

The Glades shopping centre, Bromley
The Glades shopping centre, Bromley

Bromley, once a market town in its own right and now a part of the huge organism called Greater London, seems a fairly lively urban centre but from the little I saw of it, I did not find it particularly striking.

Bromley public library
Bromley public library

I was, however, quite impressed by the Bromley central public library that shares accommodations with the Churchill Theatre. I found the building itself an ugly lump outside and rather boring, not to say depressing, inside, but the library itself was a fine example of the species, with automated processes for the issue and return of books.

Café Rouge
Café Rouge

Before setting out again, we went to Café Rouge for a coffee. Café Rouge is a chain of pretend-French cafés. I am never sure whether their inaccurate French is accidental or whether it is a deliberate ploy to attract attention. It irritates me but I still feel a certain affection for them, especially as they make no bones about serving just drinks even during the lunch hour.

The weather seemed to be closing in again with rain and threatening skies. It was also becoming rather cold. Going home was an attractive proposition. We changed buses in Peckham and passed in front of the rather dilapidated Civic Centre whose striking mosaics must date from an earlier more affluent phase.

One of the mosaics, Peckham Civic Centre
One of the mosaics, Peckham Civic Centre

It was a relief to get home, turn on the heating and make tea. Maybe we should have spent the day quietly sitting at home? No, I don’t think so….🙂

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 Giraffes and French cafés

  1. Reluctant Blogger says:

    In my first year at University I took a half course in Information Studies and they took us to see Bromley Library. I think it had just opened at the time and was kind of state of the art. Well, I think it was Bromley! Yikes, having second thoughts now. It was a long time ago.

    Nice to see a bright blue sky!

    • SilverTiger says:

      It possibly was as it is fairly modern and very large – lots of space to walk about in.

      The issues and returns machines are not as up-to-date as Brighton’s, so the timing is probably about right.

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