Phoenix Garden

I discovered it by chance on the net and we determined to look for it when next in London. Phoenix Garden https://www.facebook.com/thephoenixgarden/ is situated between Soho and Covent Garden. We found it after some searching. It is a little oasis in the middle of the busy city.It is bordered by Large apartment buildings, The Church of St. Giles in the Fields and the Phoenix Theatre, and yet is utterly peaceful. It is purposely laid out to encourage wildlife and insects, with dense bushes and the odd pile of bricks. Frogs spawn in a little pond and comfortable benches invite visitors to rest in peaceful surroundings. We have returned there many times
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The Legal District

One morning we walked from our hotel to Russell Square along Southampton Row. At High Holborn we turned left, passing the beautiful “Half Timbered” Staple Inn, one of the few buildings that survived The Great Fire of London. In Chancery Lane we passed The London Silver Vaults. We have yet to explore that. From here we made our way to Lincoln’s Inn Fields. What a haven of tranquillity. Great expanses of lawns, Maple trees dropping their golden autumn leaves, imposing red brick buildings with windows and doors trimmed in sandstone and a singular lack of tourists. We passed entrance doors to Barristers offices with name boards of the occupants. There were a small number of Sirs, but mainly Mr. It seams to be a male dominated profession. From one place we could see The Old father Thames. We shall return there one day.

Case files

We sat one morning at Cafe’ Apostrophe enjoying our cups of Cappuccino. It was with amusement that I watched suited businessmen enjoying their plates of hot oats porridge.
On the other side of the street, outside The Royal Court of Justice, legal staff wheeled trolleys of case files. The amount of paperwork lawyers have to go through is staggering.

The Reading Room

Close to our usual Bloomsbury Hotel is the British Museum. We often pop in for a cup of coffee and a bun in the Cafe’ and than have a short look around. The centre court is occupied by the circular building, that used to house the British Library’s Reading room. Over the years it was used by Karl Marx, Oscar Wilde, Mahatma Gandhi, Rudyard Kipling, George Orwell, George Bernard Shaw, Mark Twain, Vladimir Lenin,Virginia Woolf, H: G: Wells and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle amongst many other notable Persons. It reeked of history. On one visit I was determined to visit it and to find the regular seat of my favourite South African author Lawrence G. Green, but sadly the interior had been gutted to make space for the exhibition of the Chinese Terra Cotta Warriors. There was talks of it eventually being restored to its original glory, but this has sadly not happened.

The Umbrella Shop

When visiting London we like to stay in bloomsbury. After a solid breakfast in our hotel we often walk to the centre passing through Soho. At New Oxford Street we pass “The Umbrella Shop” James Smith & Sons. James Smith & Sons was founded in 1830 in Foubert’s Place. In 1865 it moved to its present place in New Oxford Street and has remained there almost unchanged. Apart from umbrellas, it makes and stocks Gentlemen’s canes and shooting sticks. The Umbrella Shop is known by all the Black Cab drivers, who learn its position as part of “The Knowledge”

Cittie of Yorke

At one of our early trips to London we visited the old pub Cittie of Yorke on High Holborn.
Cittie of Yorke has Britain’s longest bar and private booths along one wall. These booths are often occupied by the legal professionals from the nearby Grey’s Inn. It is heated by a large triangular iron fireplace. The fireplace has no chimney but flues that run below the wooden floor. It was build in 1920, but there has been a pub on this site since 1430

In a London park

We love London and go there as often as we can. We are long past going to the tourist sights and now enjoy the parks and the London life in general. We visit our favourite restaurants and Cafes and generally watch life go by. We are often there in autumn when red and golden leaves decorate the parks. we enjoy passing the many institutions in Bloomsbury where our usual hotels is situated. I shall use the next few posts on London pictures

Flexible barcode

The second stage of the Copenhagen Metro is nearing completion, but the city is still dotted with its construction sites. This one is situated at the end of the beautiful lakes that flow through Copenhagen. The company constructing the Metro have put a lot of effort into making the sites as nice looking as possible and have decorated the hoardings in all sort of creative ways.
I enjoy walking along the lakes, that many hundreds of years ago were constructed to imitate the Seine in Paris and do it very successfully.

Friends

Few in the neighbourhood will remember when Udmirs Kiosk was not there. Udmir is Turkish. He is pleasant to all and often has a few little treats for the children. For most of the day small groups of, what looks like socially disadvantaged people, gather outside to chat and drink beer. The beer is often bought on credit from Udmir. He is always kind, but I have heard, that he controls the credit with a firm hand and should any of them get unruly he will send them packing.
This part of Copenhagen is undergoing great change. Situated near the old Carlsberg brewery, it was, and still is a “Workers” part of the City. A former socialist prime minister live for many years in his modest flat in the area. Now the old Carlsberg site is being developed with high rise luxury flats and shopping centres. This rubs of on the area and property prices are rising
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