Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Christmas Crackers with Peter Berthoud

Had to blow the dust of my blog keyboard. It has taken an age to get back to it, although I have lots to to tell you and exciting news to share!

Firstly my excellent early morning excursion on Christmas Morning with Discovering London.

My learner driver son drove us through the deserted streets from Wimbledon to Embankment! A steady stately drive ensured we arrived safely to meet up with Peter and a cheery group of early morning revellers under Admiralty Arch for 6 a.m!

Crackers were pulled and paper hats put on with a shot of Baileys to keep out the early morning chill.  It was eerie seeing the metropolis so cool, calm and quiet.

The visit to the 'Duke of Cambridge' monument outside Horse Guards, complete with a real nose bag and real straw for the horse, I won’t tell you why as it is a spoiler!  No naked rider I hasten to add, was a taste of interesting and unusual topics to come! 

Beneath the Pillars of Hercules towards Charing X Road

The rain changed from a drizzle to a downpour but our spirits were not dampened, the Bailey's and Quality Street saw to that, plus Peter's great stories. From Christmas trees to giant letterboxes, secret drinking holes (hope I can find them again!), to silent Oxford and Regent Street. To a policeman in Santa Claus outfit jumping out of his vehicle and running amok at Piccadilly Circus!  My particular favourite spot was under the Pillars of Hercules, for that Dore engraving moment, where we sheltered from the rain.

Ended with a hot cups of coffee and a full English at a Café off Leicester Square.

Highly recommend this Christmas madness, set us up for the day, returned home to snuggle under rugs in front of the telly with hot mince pies and steaming cups of coffee!

Oxford Street (East)

Regent Street corner of Oxford Circus

Carnaby Street

Fortnum & Mason - City of London Lord Mayor Theme!

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