I had arranged to meet my crafty friend Miriam for lunch today, as she was working in her firm's London office today and tomorrow. So, an easy choice of destination... although not stopping points on the way!
Forecast once again, sunshine and heavy possibly thundery showers... yes, like the rest of the week.
I decided to head to Covent Garden piazza, which has changed since I last visited, seems more glitzy - or it could be the direction I approached it from
no fruit and veg, but handmade bits and pieces
Actor's church , designed by Inigo Jones and built in 1633 - it's also in my London Secrets book (two in one week, wow!)
It didn't seem to be open today, sadly.
sat down on the steps to wait..
We went for a pizza, and after we'd eaten, had a little time before Miriam had to go back to work (she works opposite St Paul's)
don't know what these buildings are, I just liked them!
my book tells me it is named after the nearby church (see next photo!)
and is a "stimulating cultural centre"
The building (St Bride Institute as the brickwork states) was founded in 1891 to meet the educational and social needs of the community working in the growing print industry
(Fleet Street, down the road, is where all the newspapers used to be produced years ago - my Mum worked for a magazine on Fleet Street till she married)
soon, Miriam, hopefully!!
I left Miriam at her office... which is in the building I'd been photographing earlier...
and I headed along the side of St Paul's
I was heading for another tube station and my next destination...
dramatic skyline behind the "walkie-talkie" office
it absolutely chucked down, but for no more than 5 minutes...
before marching off down to do their duty
I have to share the photo Miriam took of me waiting for her...
which I've borrowed from her FB feed.
Was great to meet up, Miriam, thanks for lunch - think my afternoon was probably more fun than yours! Although you may not have got wet...