A half-day holiday

Tigger has a half-day holiday today. I am travelling to her place of work to meet her when she leaves at 11:30.

St John Street
St John Street

It’s another sunny day today but so far not too warm, quite pleasant in fact. It’ll probably heat up as the day progresses, though.

Aboard the 153
Aboard the 153

I’ve chosen to catch the 153 from the stop in St John Street. It’s a quieter, pleasanter ride than on the busy 205.

London Wall
London Wall

I have to change to the 100 at All Hallows Church in London Wall. According to my bus app, there was a 15-minute wait for the next bus. Fortunately, I stayed by the stop because a bus arrived, unannounced by the app, a couple of minutes later.

Waiting at Aldgate
Waiting at Aldgate

Having reached Aldgate, it was announced that the bus was early and would wait here for a while. This is a not uncommon annoyance on London Transport buses. What was slightly unusual was that the driver left the bus to visit the toilet!

The Highway
The Highway

Fortunately, I was early and so the delay didn’t trouble me. In due course, we arrived here in a street called The Highway where I left the bus.

St Katharine Docks
St Katharine Docks

As I was early, I went down, as I usually do, to take a look at St Katharine Docks. If I had hoped to see some ducks and coots and perhaps even a cormorant, I was disappointed as wildlife seems to have somehow been banished from the dock.

Human spiders
Human spiders

As I made my way back to the offices, I spied two window cleaners dangling on the ends of cables like a pair of human spiders.

The atrium
The atrium

I entered Tigger’s office block and sat down to wait in the atrium which reaches all the way to the top of the building.

Double deck chairs
Double deck chairs

Near the office is an open space within a buildings complex where there are deck chairs. These chairs are double, that is, they seat two people.

Picnic lunch
Picnic lunch

Tigger had procured us a picnic lunch to which we added freshly made chips. We also bought a couple of cups of tea.

Dancing fountains
Dancing fountains

There were also fountains that went through quiet periods and then would suddenly start performing various patterns of what might be described as “spray dancing”.

School clock tower
School clock tower

After lunch, we went for a ramble though I didn’t find the area very interesting. There was a picturesque school with a clock tower but it was fenced off (these days schools resemble fortresses) and I could only catch this glimpse of the clock tower.

Wilton's Music Hall

Wilton’s Music Hall
Wilton’s Music Hall

We passed by Wilton’s Music Hall which is hard to photograph as it resides in a narrow alley. You can find out more about this venerable institution from its website.

Commercial Road
Commercial Road

We eventually reached Commercial Road where we caught a bus.

Aboard the 108
Aboard the 108

A number 108 bus carried us to Poplar.

Library or “Ideas Store”?
Library or “Ideas Store”?

In Poplar we visited what, for my money, is a public library. For whatever reason, it has been renamed “Ideas Store”. Why? Public libraries have always changed to meet contemporary needs and continue to do so. They don’t need to be given twee new names to reflect this fact.

Chrisp Street Market

Chrisp Street Market
Chrisp Street Market

We visited the Chrisp Street Market which takes place under…

Chrisp Street Clock Tower
Chrisp Street Clock Tower

…the benevolent gaze of the Grade II listed Chrisp Street Clock Tower.

Bow Church - St Mary’s
Bow Church – St Mary’s

Another bus ride brought us to Bow Church, also known as St Mary and Holy Trinity.

We had not come to visit the church but to visit the nearby Nunnery Art Gallery. We come here from time to time as the artworks on show continually change.

Garden in a wheelbarrow
Garden in a wheelbarrow

We were disappointed as there was not a lot to be seen this time and nothing that really grabbed our attention. I photographed this amusing piece, a gardener at work in a garden, all contained in a wheelbarrow. Curiously, we couldn’t find any information about it and don’t know who the artist is.

Embroidery on a Old Sweater Woo Jin Joo
Embroidery on a Old Sweater
Woo Jin Joo

I also photographed this piece which was at least colourful. Like all the exhibits, it is for sale. If you want it, it will cost you £3,200. A snip?

Aboard the 153 Photo by Tigger
Aboard the 153
Photo by Tigger

We now set off to return home, first catching a crowded 205 and then, at Liverpool Street Station, changing to a 153.

River Street
River Street

We changed buses to bring us closer to Amwell Street as we wanted to call in at Myddelton’s deli for coffee to round off our outing. River Street is opposite the deli and, for once, given the hour, was illuminated by sunshine and so deserved to be photographed.

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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