This morning I went to church. I love St Etheldreda’s as the windows are really pretty. I like looking at them and all the different colours. I also like the echoiness. When I sing it sounds beautiful! Although when it gets too loud the Big M&D tell me to sssshh or take me outside, which I think is a bit unfair!
St Eheldreda’s in Holborn has a really long history having been founded in 1250. It’s seen a lot and was in fact the place where Henry VIII held his 5 day wedding and feast to Katherine of Aragon. It’s also where I was christened six months ago, and where the Big M&D got married. Let’s hope the Big M doesn’t go the way of many of Henry’s wives !!!
I was really sad to discover that the Narnia Books About Town bench in St George’s Gardens WC1 has gone. I presume that it’s been removed by the organisers, ready to be auctioned, rather than half-inched by unscrupulous bench thieves. Or I hope so anyway.
I’ve loved the installation which has adorned three areas in London – Bloomsbury, Greenwich and The City – over the course summer.
In all there are 50 benches, each one depicting a famous book. It is in aid of the National Literacy Trust. My favourite was The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, but I also quite liked 1984, James Bond and Agatha Christie’s Poirot.
The benches are to be sold off on 7th October to raise money for the Trust. Sadly I don’t think my pocket money will stretch that far, but I’m open to donations… It’s almost my birthday after all.
We ducked into the Museum of the order of St John in Farringdon for a quick browse on the way to collect our Russian visas.
It tells the story of the Venerable Order of St John (unsure if this is pronounced sinjin or not), who started out as a band of knights in Jerusalem during the crusades. They started a hospital dedicated to St John the Baptist which catered to sick or injured pilgrims making their way to the Holy Land. Today they are more widely known as St John Ambulance.
It’s a small but interesting little place tucked away under the arch on St John street and comprises an eclectic mix of paintings, archaeological artefacts, crusader coins, weights and measures, first aid equipment. I think it looks like it should be in a Harry Potter movie!
The best bit, however, was the arts and crafts table where kids can make their own knight gear. Here I am with my sword.
The big M helped me decorate it with sticky gems and crayons.
A great little find and well worth a visit.
Last night I had the auspicious honour of staying at the Cavalry and Guards Club on Piccadilly. Typically children aren’t allowed but because I’m soooo charming I managed a free pass.
What an amazing place! It rivals any five star hotel.
Given my fledgling appreciation for art, the paintings and objet d’art are incredible – from a huge silver candelabra through to enormous oils on canvas. It really has an opulent elegance of days gone by. In fact Edward VII was known to spend a great deal of time in the Cavalry Club premises in the 1920s and 1930s, when he was Prince of Wales. I really could become accustomed to such a place!
A big thank you to my godfather for arranging my stay.
As you might be able to tell by today’s title, we visited the home of time – Greenwich. The big D supported local trade by having a swift half of Meantime beer, whilst the Big M had a great time browsing the crafts at the covered market.
An interesting fact about Greenwich is that the World’s first weather forecast was issued from the Royal Observatory in 1848 by James Glaisher.
I also expanded my art education by spotting John Reardon’s Monument to a Dead Parrot, which was somewhat different to the old masters I saw last week at the National Gallery.
However, the highlight of the day for me, despite missing the tall ships by a day, was getting there and back by boat. We took the clipper down the Thames from Blackfriars Pier to the Cutty Sark.
It was fab, watching the sights float by, including seeing St Katharine’s Dock, where we were a few weeks ago. It was really easy to manoeuvre the buggy on board and I was also able to sit at the front window and have a bit of a crawl around.
I’ve decided when I’m a commuter in about 21 years time I’ll definitely catch the boat to work.
Having a bit of a disaster today. I missed the train I was supposed to be on by 1 minute, so found myself cooling my heals for an hour in Waterloo. We decided to go for a wander and happened across some beautiful mosaics in a back alley near Lambeth North.
It’s amazing what you can find in London. So many hidden gems. I look forward to discovering more!