Tuesday 14th October – 31st meeting of 2014
We met at Charing Cross today on a rather dreary but dry morning. We had planned a walk for this week so decided to do the shorter of the two proposed walks, just two and half miles from the trusty London Walks book. So off to the Embankment Station and after a little dithering we boarded the Circle Line train to Edgware Road.
We left the busy Marylebone Road into Homer Street which was quiet and calm and a great contrast to the hustle and bustle of main road. We wound our way through Crawford Street, Montague Street and George Street to name a few passing Bryanston Square, Montague Square and Portman Square. These are beautiful streets really splendid Georgian architecture and maintained really well. The squares were fantastic and it was hard to image that we were in the busy West End of London. We saw some lovely mews houses with beautiful plants and flowers still in bloom. All these areas had a ‘village feel’ to them with shops and cafes. The whole area was very green.
Somehow we misread the map and found ourselves lost in London!! The best idea here was to stop for a coffee, regroup, recharge our batteries, study the map and start again. Which is what we did. From Oxford Street we could pick up the walk which took us down Baker Street. We passed Marylebone Parish Church which has a very large and unusual steeple. We arrived at Baker Street underground passing Madame Tussaud’s which was busy but no queues and the superb statue of Sherlock Homes at the station.
We got the underground and main line trains home after a very good walk. I guess because of going wrong we had actually walked much more than the planned two and half miles. But hay-ho it was all good fun and gave us a good workout! We saw another beautiful part of London that none of us had visited before and we had enjoyed another great morning in London Town!