In this new 'normal' I realise what I miss more than anything about our great city are the well trodden pavements and historic buildings. As the world slowly shuts down and we all march around in London's open spaces, parks and river walks I realise what I'm really yearning for are the beautiful buildings I'm normally rushing to or rushing past.
So yesterday I decided to pound the pavements (avoiding the park log jams) and visited a few of my very favourites places. I needed to make my one outdoor exercise session really count.
Starting from Earls Court Road I ran the following loop.
Along High Street Kensington and Kensington Road up to Hyde Park Corner. I zipped through the Wellington Arch, down The Mall and up into Trafalgar Square and said good morning to The National Gallery and Nelson. From here I took a right along Whitehall, waved at Boris in Downing Street, then up through Parliament Square. Back down through St James's Park where I nodded at the pelicans then jogged past Buck Palace and back through the Wellington Arch again. Heading through Knightsbride I forked at Scotch Corner ran past Harrods and waved at the V&A and Natural History Museum before finishing back home.
I cycled the same route with my girl (14yrs) today pointing out the Churchill War Rooms and the HM Treasury on the way. A bit of moaning about cold hands but I think on balance she enjoyed it.
It was a tiny fix of something very special to me.
25 March 2020