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Tuesday 21st January – 3rd meeting of 2014

Today, as we weather was so fine, we stuck to our original plan of a walk. Six of us met at London Bridge and took the Northern line to Angel. One mishap on the journey as one of our ladies almost got left on the train. The doors closed before we had all got off but luckily we pulled her onto the platform!!

The walk, from our trusty London Walks book, took us left out of the station and we took ourselves into The Angel pub for tea and toast.  We have had three trips to Islington lately and have discovered this very good place for our coffee and chat! It is very good and very reasonable £2.09p for a cup of tea and two slices of toast accompanied with butter, strawberry and blackcurrant jams and all very delicious!!

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From here we went to Pentonville Road and then wound around the back streets and discovered some beautiful buildings and houses. Middleton Square and adjoining streets was very attractive with lovely Georgian/Victorian houses all so well kept. This whole area was lovely and with the sun shining it looked superb. We walked clerkenwell 4through the streets that were The New River Company headquarters, offices, reservoir, The New River and waterworks buildings. Many years ago this would have supplied water to this area. We passed The Sadler’s Wells Theatre and came onto Spa Fields Gardens and Holy Redeemer church which unfortunately closed. The walk then took us through Bowling Green Lane to Clerkenwell Close and St James church also closed and gardens.  Through the back streets we came across the London Metropolitan Archives. This was a large building and houses all the archives of City of London. A detour into the building and we found that they do tours and events so we took a booklet and that will be in our ‘list of things to do’ for the coming year!

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We then went through Smithfield Meat Market to St. John ‘s Gate. We recognised this area as we have done walks around here quite a few times. We carried onto Barbican underground then our trains from London Bridge and home.

We all enjoyed this walk of two plus miles. It was part of London that we have not visited before and found a lovely, quiet, clean area with superb buildings old and new all mingling together in a good way.