Tuesday 21st July – 25th meeting of 2015
Today was our last meeting before our summer break. All nine of us met at Charing Cross and we went to Holland Park to complete the walk that we had started a few weeks ago. The weather was warm and sunny ideal for walking.
We came out of Holland Park underground and went to Starbuck’s for a coffee and also sorted out some more details for our holiday in 2016. This is now arranged thanks to one of our ladies who has got it all sorted for us!
From here we walked along the busy and noisy Holland Park Avenue and turned into Aubrey Road. The houses in this area are beautiful and so well maintained. The gardens were lovely with lots of flowers and plants baskets and boxes. It was very quiet as we walked along these superb streets, Campden Hill Road, Hillsleigh Road, Bedford Gardens where many of the houses were painted different colours, blues, yellows, greens lots of pastels colours. They looked very nice. We passed St George’s church at Campden Hill and went in to look. A beautiful building built in 1864 and a very active and busy community church.
The walk took us back onto Notting Hill Gate and finished at Notting Hill Gate underground station.
With the walk completed and with this being our last meeting for sometime we decided to have lunch. Our plan was to find The Churchill Arms pub which had featured in the Alan Titchmarsh television programme showing unusual gardens. A walk further along Notting Hill Gate revealed a lovely sight. Every inch of the walks were covered in flowers, baskets, tubs, boxes completely covering the building! A fantastic sight. The colours were amazing. Lots of people were admiring it and taking photos. We went inside and that was also amazing. Every inch of the inside was covered with jugs, pitchers, books, photos, cigarette cards, many photos of Winston Churchill and the royal family. So much to look at. We walked through the pub into the conservatory room to have some lunch and to our amazement it was a Chinese restaurant! This room also had flowers and plants covering the walls and ceiling!
We enjoyed a very nice Chinese meal in fabulous surroundings. Personally I found it an amazing place as even the ‘Ladies’ had living flowers in them! I would certainly like to visit it again!
We came out and had another look at the outside and then got our trains home from Notting Hill Gate after a fabulous morning. This was our last meeting until September when we will met again and plan for the rest of 2015!