Monday, 25 April 2011

Longest Day

Pieman and Pie daughter No 1 had to go to London recently for University test/interview and unfortunately missed the cheap value day return tickets by train and had to take the car. Leaving very early we headed south with the intention of parking up in Golders Green and getting the tube in for rest of our journey.

All went well until the roadworks on the M1 which went on for ages. As a result we ended up rushing our journey at the end with a hectic dash into central London and The Strand.The test/interview were intense and interesting. All this against a backdrop of London being blessed with some exceptional spring sunshine making the day a lot more enjoyable.

Activities with the University transferred to the Southbank which meant a walk across Waterloo Bridge. Wow what a vista as we walked out of the University premises onto Victoria Embankment with St Paul's, The Gherkin, Canary Wharf, National Theatre, Royal Festival Hall, London Eye, Millennium Bridge, Westminster Bridge, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Somerset House...... all coming into view.

After we finished we decided not to join the rush hour throng getting out of the city but headed to Camden High Street for food and refreshment before continuing our journey. We settled on a pub called the Bucks Head which served up an excellent, if some what pricey, Steak and Ale Pie. Good pastry, gravy and chunks of steak with mushrooms and shallots and definite taste of ale. Perhaps I was tired but it was close to a 9/10. Fortified for the the journey back we headed for the car (parked on Hampstead Heath) and made our weary way home getting back shattered just before 11.00pm.

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