I have done a lot more walking in London recently
I have really enjoyed my off the cuff walks in London in 2020. . This post looks more at the art & architecture, I come across when out and about. London is forever changing; which means wondering about the city can be quite fascinating. It wasn’t really my intention to do more walking in London, I’m usually looking for ways out! It was always in my mind to get out in the hills and start preparing for adventures further afield. Lockdown put a stop to all of that.
Recently I joined an organisation called Life/work; which is basically a company that hires out workspaces at very reasonable prices in great areas.
This is my favorite branch of work/life-it is based in Bermondsey.
I love this building in Bermondsey street, the colours and windows are gorgeous. Walking around Bermondsey, Surrey Docks, and Rotherhithe in July 2020 was really inspiring to me. Luckily I have an excuse to keep visiting Bermondsey,
Ad hoc walk from Camden to Kings Cross
I had met up with a friend at the Camden Branch of Work/life and we decided to walk along the canal to Kings Cross. I couldn’t believe how much it had changed. This was just before the second Lockdown.
COAL DROP YARD
This was once the grand coal yard were back in the industrial age, trains would drop off the coals, bringing them down to London on the great North Eastern Railway. Now a very trendy shopping/café hangout place for city dwellers.
“Coal buildings were built in 1851 as part of Lewis Cubitt’s design for the Goods Yard. The offices originally housed clerks who were employed to monitor the flow of coal through the yards.” The buildings were gutted by fire in 1983, and have remained abandoned until now.” https://www.kingscross.co.uk/fish-coal-buildings
I even managed to get to a couple of exhibitions this year despite the crazy lockdown. Although the arrangement didn’t quite go to plan, I went to the wrong Tate, bewildered why my friend was saying she was at the entrance and I couldn’t see her! Talk about Lockdown brain damage.! Luckily one of the attendants advised me and assured me that I could take the boat over the river and they would still let me in late as I would be.
M U S H R O O M S R O C K!
The exhibition explored some ground-breaking, uses, and experiments in design, textiles, and architecture. The humble mushroom has taken on a role of increasing significance, and I’m not just talking about magic mushrooms (incidentally trials are still being run to see ways they can help with depression)
The mushroom is being explored in other exciting new ways – from upcycled agro-waste to sustainable shoes made with mycelium. I’m waiting for my’ mushroom leather jacket,’ and will have my name on the waiting list when they come out. If that all sounds far fetched, check this link out.
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Alongside my series of a day out from London, I am devising walk guides for people who can’t read maps or aren’t good at following instructions! Next year I’m sticking to easy days out from London. Until life gets back to normal I’m not making any ambitious plans.
Until then. Keep on Keeping on.
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