Young Pauline has just reminded me of the great street art around the City of London, so here’s some highlights of our epic (i.e. we got lost) walk from the Dispensary to the King’s Arms, where Sir Quinno was reunited with Sir Doris*.
Sadly I can’t identify the giant sculpture blocking your view of the Still & Star.
The little map below is indicative, as I’d directed Quinno halfway up the A11 to Bow before I realised we’d missed the turn to Brick Lane.
Suddenly realising we’d had beer but no food, Quinno found a hipster Perspex café in Hanbury Street, which looks like this on Street View.
Sadly, the Canvas is a “creative space” and therefore closing at 5pm.
Now, I realise that Brick Lane isn’t entirely short of fine dining options, but we couldn’t face a mixed grill each, even bargain priced.
We stopped for a coffee at Dark Sugars Cocoa House, where the chocolate shavings cost nearly as much as the flat white and contained more calories than the mixed grill.
It’s been a while since Quinno or I bimbled (?) up Brick Lane, a Thursday at 4pm being rather more pleasant than a Sunday morning. Some cracking distractions as you approach the old Trumans Brewery, now home to a market containing exactly nothing you may conceivably need.
We’d planned to go in the Pride of Spitalfields to see if the Pride was drinking well, as it normally is. But we’d somehow walked past it. It’s still be there next time.
So will Beigel Bake. If ever we were pleased to see an unassuming bakery, today was the day.
Chewy chopped herring bagels for £1.40 (NBSS 4). Still the best. Quinno was visibly moved.
Where now ? Brew Dog to the left of us, Casa Blue to the right.
We pressed on to E2.
*Don’t be too alarmed. One of these people is Welsh.