Thursday, 5 July 2018

Lunch in London

Yesterday Sue and I went up to central London – St James's to be precise – for lunch at Mark Mason's Hall.

We drove to North Greenwich, where we were able to park in one of the O2 car parks. We then walked to the nearby Underground station and took a Jubilee Line tube train to Green Park. As we were slightly ahead of schedule we decided to walk the long way around to St James's through Green Park.

At the entrance of the park we came across a number of mounted police who were resting their horses and talking to the public.

A little further on we almost walked into the son of a friend of mine and were able to have a chat about his university course. We talked for about ten minutes before we parted company and continued on our way.

Once were reached The Mall, we turned left away from Buckingham Palace ...

... and then left again up Marlborough Road.

For once there were no soldiers on guard at St James's Palace ...

... and although it was well into the tourist season, the streets were relatively empty of pedestrians.

Sue and I had a drink in the bar on the second floor of Mark Mason's Hall ...

... before going for lunch in the Carvery restaurant on the first floor. (We sat close to the bow window, which gave us magnificent views of Pall Mall and St James's Palace.)

The carvery was as good as it has been on our previous visits, and when we left to return home, we both felt rather full.

Our trip back to North Greenwich was uneventful, and Sue and I were home having a cool drink by 3.30pm. It had been a great day out, even though the hot weather made travelling on the tube uncomfortable at time.

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