Tuesday 18th March – 10th meeting of 2014
Today we planned to prove we were a ‘walking group’ by completing a walk of 3 miles from the London Walks book. Charing Cross was our meeting point and we took the underground to High Street Kensington. This was a bit of a drama because we got on the District line instead of Circle line so changed at Earl’s Court and waited a long time for a Circle line train and it was only one stop to Kensington High Street. No problem really but it was very cold on the platform so when we arrived at Kensington High Street station we quickly made our way to Marks and Spencer for a lovely warm hot drink.
We started the walk turning right onto High Street Kensington and turning into Young Street from here we wound our way through the streets of some of the most beautiful streets of London. None of us had explored this part of London and found it a charming and fascinating area. The architecture was Victorian and Georgian, superb houses in excellent condition and very grand. Many four stories high with basements. The street names reflected the area Victoria Road, Albert Place, Queen’s Gate Place just a few reminders of days gone by. This area is known as Kensington Village and it certainly had a village feel about it. Many of the houses had window boxes and the gardens were superb. There were magnolia trees, cherry blossom and camilla all in bloom with daffodils, crocuses and hyacinths adding so much colour. We had chosen a good week for this walk with so many flowers in bloom. We passed quite a few old pubs and a lovely little parade of shops with a nice cafe and restaurant. The streets were very picturesque and quiet and I would think this is one of the nicest places in London to live if you could afford it!!
The walk brought us back into High Street Kensington and unfortunately it started to rain so we decided to finish the walk at that point and continue it another time. It carries on over the other side of High Street into Holland Park so will be very nice to finish another time.
Today many of the group were going onto other places so it just left three of us going straight home so we took the 9 bus to Trafalgar Square. This bus route goes through a lovely part of London passing Royal Albert Hall, Harrods, Harvey Nick, and Knightsbridge. When we arrived there were crowds of people mostly men dressed in red and yellow tops and it was clear to see that they were football supporters from Istanbul, Turkey in London to cheer on their team Galatasaray who were playing Chelsea in the Champion League match. There were lots of police on duty but the atmosphere was calm and jovial.
We made our way to Charing Cross and trains home after a fabulous morning. I must just add in case you are interested that Galatasaray beat Chelsea 2-0 so Chelsea now out of the Champion League. But ha-ho there’s always next year!!