Meeting in Minories

It’s another sunny day today, though cold. We have arranged to meet in a street called Minories. Tigger will make her way there from the office while I travel in from the Angel.

Pentonville Road
Pentonville Road

I went to the bus stop in Pentonville Road to catch the 205 that the bus app on my phone told me would arrive in a few minutes. At 3:45 the sun is still shining but the streets are already filling with shadows.

Aboard the 205
Aboard the 205

The bus arrived early and off we went, heading into the City..

Passing Liverpool Street Station
Passing Liverpool Street Station

We passed Liverpool Street Station.

St Boltolphe Street
St Boltolphe Street

I left the bus in St Botolphe Street, crossed the road and…

A narrow way
A narrow way

…passed along this narrow way, which led on to…

Minories
Minories

…the street called Minories.

St Botolphe without Aldgate
St Botolphe without Aldgate

Behind me stands this church called St Botolphe without Aldgate which gives its name to the aforementioned street.

The Hilton
The Hilton

I found Tigger in front of this building, the local Hilton hotel. They were advertising free pastry with coffee so in we went.

Clean but lacking character
Clean but lacking character

The decor was clean and bright and the furniture comfortable but it was lacking in character. We ordered coffee and were informed that they had “run out of free pastry”. I suppose we should have walked out, having been inveigled in under false pretences, but we ordered coffee, anyway.

We ordered coffee
We ordered coffee

The coffee was average and the price slightly above average but, then, it was the Hilton.

Duke’s Place
Duke’s Place

We walked a couple of hundred yards to a bus stop in this street, called Duke’s Place. I don’t know which duke it purports to honour – I’ll look it up later.

Aboard the 135
Aboard the 135

We boarded a 135 bus which took us to Old Street. We hoped to find supper there.

Pizza Union
Pizza Union

Leaving the bus, we entered Pizza Union and ordered a Fiorentina each.

The pager
The pager

They hand you a pager and you take it with you as you choose a table. When the pager buzzes, you take it to the counter to collect your order.

Pizza Fiorentina Photo by Tigger
Pizza Fiorentina
Photo by Tigger

I have to say that the pizzas that we had today were the driest, hardest pizzas I have ever encountered. We had difficulty cutting them even with the serrated knives provided and had to pull them apart. Maybe we should have returned them.

When we left Pizza Union, it was dark outside and we had a busy road to cross to reach our bus stop. Have you noticed how pedestrian crossings are never just where you want to cross the road? That must take special planning.

Aboard the 214
Aboard the 214

We made it across safely and reached the bus stop at the same time as a 214. We went aboard and it carried up up the hill to the Angel and home. As I often say in a Friday evening post, “The weekend starts here!”

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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