After lunch, Tigger announced her intention to take me out and buy me coffee and cake. I was quite happy with this kind offer, of course! At this point, I did not know where I was being taken and that added extra piquancy to the pleasure.
We caught the 153
We went to St John Street and caught a 153. This suggested that we were heading for the City but that was all I could guess.
London Wall, near All Hallows
We left the bus at All Hallows in London Wall, the last stop before Liverpool Street Station and in the heart of the City. We walked for several minutes through the busy landscape of London’s banking and financial centre. There is always something interesting to see here, often things you missed on previous visits.
As an example, here is the intricately sculpted lintel over the door of 82 London Wall. What high-powered business operates within? A dentist’s clinic, actually!
Black Sheep Coffee, Cutler Street
This is where Tigger brought me, to a branch of Black Sheep Coffee. Tigger knows the City well and Black Sheep is one of her favourite coffee shops.
Inside Black Sheep Coffee
This branch is long and narrow but we found a table with two comfortable armchairs where we could relax and watch the world go by outside the window.
Coffee and cake
With our coffee, as promised, we had a cake each, a muffin for Tigger and a croissant for me. Croissants may be the primordial French breakfast food but, as far as I am concerned, they are good at ant time of day!
A circular arbour
Afterwards, we walked through the streets, heading towards Liverpool Street Station. We stopped here, in this curious circular arbour which Tigger knows and likes but was new to me. One often comes across such unexpected places in the City.
We reached the main thoroughfare called Bishopsgate after an actual gate of the City that once stood here. It led us to Liverpool Street Station.
Inside the station
Liverpool Street is actually a side street leading off Bishopsgate and the station takes its name from that street though most people enter and leave through the entrance in Bishopsgate. It is a large and very busy station despite not being as well known as some of London’s more famous stations. Many City workers arrive here in the morning and depart from here in the evening. Beside it is an important bus station, which is where we were going now.
Homeward bound on a 153
We did not have long to wait for our bus and were soon aboard a 153, en route for the Angel, a convenient and comfortable way to conclude our Coffee in the City.