Town Mouse

In love with Lon­don

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

IALWAYS re­turn to Lon­don af­ter the summer with a heavy heart. It’s as if term time were start­ing again for me as much as for my chil­dren. The mood never lasts long, how­ever, be­cause the city al­ways finds some way of de­light­ing me back into good tem­per. On this oc­ca­sion, it was a mag­i­cal out­ing down the Thames Path to Green­wich. It’s a jour­ney I’ve made many times be­fore by boat, but do­ing it on the em­bank­ment of the river was a quite dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence.

We started off in a fa­mil­iar streetscape and plunged al­most im­me­di­ately be­yond Tower Bridge into a world com­pletely un­known to me. The sun shone and so­lu­tions to ev­ery cri­sis mirac­u­lously ma­te­ri­alised at ev­ery turn.

Just as de­mands for elevenses grew in­tol­er­a­ble, we stum­bled upon a cafe be­side St mary’s Rother­hithe. I took the op­por­tu­nity to ad­mire the for­mer par­ish free school and to dis­cover the tomb of Lee Boo, a prince of the Palau Is­lands in the Western Pa­cific, who died of small­pox in Lon­don in 1784.

Fur­ther on, Sur­rey Docks Farm un­ex­pect­edly pro­vided en­ter­tain­ment for the chil­dren. Then, tired but happy, we zoomed back into town by boat. I was in love with Lon­don again. JG

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