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