Sunday, June 7, 2015

Sunday 7 June - Barbican

This is our last day in London and we did a fair bit of walking.  We started out at Waterloo and walked along the Thames with a detour to see the Borough Market which was closed today except for a few restaurants and bars.

Southwark Cathedral is built of flints.  It is beautiful inside and out,  We heard some fine singing by the Cathedral choir.  Possibly a piece by Lauridsen
We sought out the Anchor Tap which is a friendly local pub even though it is close to the tourist haunts.  The beer was good, being in effect, a house that isw ties to Smiths of Tadcaster, Yorkshire.  It bills itself as the only pub in London that serves cask ales out of wooden casks.

From the Anchor Tap we walked across a very crowded Tower Bridge and made our way to the Barbican Centre, new ground for both of us.  There is a very interesting Conservation area where tropical plants are grown and it includes a small pond with a great number of large fish which are easily seen in the very clear water.

Although the Barbican conservation area is spectacular there is a well frequented outdoor area with many water features which was bell frequented by people as well as coots.
A quick underground ride brought us to Kings Cross and a good drink at the Parcels Yard wehich serves good Fullers Ales.

We finally caught the Piccadilly line back to Gloucester Road and a short walk took us to the Drayton Arms which served up an excellent Sunday roast pork lunch.
Roast pork with cracklin, an excellent cauliflower cheese and tracklements
After that we went back to the hotel to pack for our return tomorrow,

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