Springtime on Winchmore Hill Green
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Gatwick Express – alternative routes available!

You may have heard that there are problems on the Gatwick Express due to a dispute between Southern Trains and their drivers. However, Thames Link trains also runs trains from Gatwick Airport into the centre of London and they are hardly any slower than the “Express” trains and are cheaper. Thames Link trains run into London Bridge station which is any easy journey to the Old Bakery, via Moorgate.  Ask Nina for directions.

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Found a wonderful gastro pub today – The Pig and Butcher

The Pig and Butcher is a 10 minute walk from Highbury and Islington station and so easily reached from The Old Bakery.  The cooking is superb and the wines excellent. The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming. Highly recommended.

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The Larder re-opens after their holiday

THE LARDER COUNTER A0854AFF-F1C2-4117-83BC-FAF4C0C4CD4FWe have missed The Larder while they took a well-deserved holiday after the Christmas and New Year rush.  We all realized how much we miss their excellent coffee and great pain-au-raisen!

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Chalkley\’s apartment living room

Chalkley's apartment living room
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To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death on April 23rd 1616, there is a wonderful exhibition at The British Library.   It shows both original manuscripts and the history of performances on film and in the theatre, both in the UK and around the world. The British Library (close to King’s Cross station) is in itself a great place to visit – a forbidding building when seen from the street but glorious once inside.  A great shop and a great café for hanging out in.

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Tortoise Octavius decides Autumn is truely here

Our tortoise, Octavius, who has live with us here at The Old Bakery since 1978, had removed himself from his Summer home to his Winter quarters beneath the roots of the Wysteria.  He is a very efficient weather indicator.  No need to feed him lettuce, tomato and strawberries again until he re-emerges in the Spring. Sleep well Octavius!

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Winchmore Hill Sunday market

Although Autumn has arrived, today we have glorious sunshine and its warm again.  The Sunday market, next to Winchmore Hill station, is thriving. You can buy excellent cheeses both imported from all over Europe and made here in the UK, fresh vegetables grown organically on farms close to London and wonderful bread made locally. This market is a real asset to Winchmore Hill.   We encourage all our guests to visit it.

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Canal narrow boat trip through central London – highly recommended

Yesterday, I took my twin grandchildren on a delightful narrow boat trip along the Regents Canal, which runs through the centre of London from Little Venice (near Paddington station) to Camden Market.  Jason’s Trips operate an original narrow boat and share their knowledgeable about the history of the canals during the journey.   On arriving at Camden, I was rather shocked at how tatty the Camden Market has become and went on hurriedly to the Canal Museum near King’s Cross station (one stop on the Northern line from Camden). This is a fascinating museum showing life as it was lived when horse-drawn canal narrow boats were the only method of moving goods about the country.  What is more, you can step through the doors at the rear of the Museum and see residential canal boats lined up outside.  This is an ideal trip for children, and we adults thoroughly enjoyed it too. Near the Canal Museum is King’s Place, an arts venue with pleasant café and restaurant overlooking the canal.   Highly recommended.

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British Museum – two interesting special exhibitions

Many visitors to London are not aware of before they arrive that the major UK national museums and galleries are free.  So, you can explore the collections of British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery, for example, without paying an entrance fee.

Special temporary exhibitions are charged for, but it is often well worth paying for a ticket.  At the British Museum now (from 10th September) there is Drawing in Gold and Silver – Leonardo to Jasper Johns.  This is about the technique of metalpoint.  The works displayed, gathered from many international galleries, are wonderful.  How did Leonardo and other artists make these extraordinary works of art!

Also coming up is The Celts – Art and Culture (24th September to 31 January).  Those of our USA visitors who trace their heritage back to one of the Celtic nations of the UK and Eire, may find this especially interesting. I shall certainly be visiting both exhibitions.

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