Tuesday 24th March – 11th meeting of 2015
Today we had a walk from our trusty London Walks book and guided by one of our group who owns the book. Meeting at Charing Cross we decided to walk along the Embankment to Temple Underground station where the walk started. It was a bright sunny day so it was very pleasant walking along the Thames.
We started the two and half mile walk at Milford Lane and wound our way through the lanes and courts of Middle Temple crossing the Strand into Bell Yard and wounding streets around Lincoln’s Inn Fields. These lanes and courts are so lovely. The old buildings are beautiful and it has a peaceful feel albeit that there are lawyers etc walking around with their little trolleys!
At Lincoln Inn we stopped for our coffee in the really nice cafe in the middle of the fields. It was very busy with many workers having meetings and discussions but it had a nice atmosphere so we enjoyed our drink and catch-up chat!
From here we walked around the Square and went by Old The Curiosity Shop which reports to be the oldest shop in London and has been immortalised in Dickens ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’. The walk then wound us through New Square, Old Square and across Chancery Lane into Southampton Road where the London Silver Vaults are housed. The opportunity to visit the vaults was too much for us to resist so in we went. This was an experience. Walking down many stairs we arrived at the vaults. This whole area is a massive safe underground. The corridors have shops either side and they in turn are safes! We freely walked around looking at silver fashioned in every shape and size imaginable. I have never seen and probably will never again see so much silver in one place! There were candlesticks, vases, bowls, cutlery, all manner of jewellery, trinkets etc etc. Two of our ladies were tempted and treated themselves to a very nice bracelet each.
When we came out we decided to finish the walk there as time was getting on. We can if we wish do the end of the walk another time. Although we didn’t finish the walk we must have walked at least two miles so we were well exercised! We walked to Chancery Lane underground and made our separate ways home after a very enjoyable walk.
As Easter is upon us we will not meet up again until after the holiday season so may I wish you all a Very Happy Easter!