I love having the freedom to drop what I’m doing if the sun’s shining or I get a call from a friend asking if I’d like to meet for lunch – which is how I ended up with this fabulous view of St Paul’s Cathedral from the members’ restaurant at Tate Modern.
While at the Tate, I checked on the progress of Abraham Cruzvillegas’ “Empty Lot” installation (I posted a photo a few weeks ago), and was surprised to notice that some of the patches of soil have started to sprout green stuff. Not sure what it is yet – we’ll have to wait and see when it’s grown a bit taller.
The following morning, the sun made another brief guest appearance, so I hopped on a train and strolled along The Strand. There are lots of interesting buildings to see – this one is Simpsons restaurant. According to their website, “Simpson’s-in-the-Strand is one of London’s most historic landmark restaurants and has been offering classic British dishes to its delighted patrons for over 185 years.”
The Coal Hole is a pub situated in the former coal cellar of the Savoy Hotel. I’ve since discovered it has antique tiled floors, so I’ll have to go back and take a look inside.
I recently signed a petition to prevent a row of mediaeval buildings (152-158 The Strand), from being demolished. Situated between Kings College London and Somerset House, the buildings are owned by Kings College and pre-date the Fire of London. I am pleased to announce the petition worked and these historically important buildings have been saved!