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Tuesday 22nd July – 25th meeting of 2014

Just five of us met this week for a walk around Bloomsbury from our London Walking book. A Northern line train to Russell Square set us on our way. The Northern line is the deepest of all the underground lines and it certain is a long way down escalators and steps and corridors to find it!bl 2

At Russell Square we made our way through the streets to Russell Square Gardens where we went into the garden cafe for a drink and catch up chat. It was a very hot day so we choose to sit inside as the seating available outside was in the direct sun.

We carried on with the walk which was roughly two and half miles and took us to some beautiful parts of London we have never seen before. Some lovely squares, Russell Square, Bloomsbury Square made famous by the Bloomsbury Set (Group) this whole area is well known for the literary connections, Mecklenburgh Square and Brunswick Square. All the squares were delightful with the bl 6centrally gardens so green and colourful with many flowers and shrubs.We passed Brunswick Shopping Centre which is a large modern architectural development of 1970 which includes flats, apartments, shops, restaurants and cafes and Renoir Centre which includes a Cinema. We also walked through quite a few gardens one of which was St George’s Garden that was originally the burial ground for St George’s church. In here we discovered a bench in the shape of a book and found out that it was part of the Books About Town an exhibition throughout London celebrating books in benches http://www.booksabouttown.org.uk this bench was dedicated to ‘Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe’. A great idea for street art!

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The walk took us to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children where the streets were full of people many unusual shops, shops, cafes and restaurant so with such hot sunny weather there were many people bl 7relaxing and enjoying food and drink. We went past The British Museum which was very busy with school groups, tourists and students.

At Tottenham Court Road we took are trains to main line stations and made our way home. This was a lovely walk with beautiful architecture new and old, interesting shops and surprises around every corner. London certainly is a lovely town with so much to offer to all!

This was our last meeting before our summer break and it was a lovely way to end the first half of the year.