On to Borough, as I entered a 3rd hour of walking (1:30 at retiredmartin pace).
I stopped to admire a child playing with one of the dolphins that have recently returned to the Thames, an ecological windfall from Covid.
Fewer tourists along the Embankment than I’ve ever seen, but still decent crowds pouring out of the Krispy Kreme store at London Bridge. NB the £16 umbrella I bought at London Bridge last year just got chucked in the tip after approximately 7 minutes of use.
Still never been to the Shard, much as Charlene sang in 1982; is it worth it ?
Southwark Cathedral really is an understated gem, isn’t it ?
Nothing very understated about Borough Market, whose collection of truffles, artisanal chocolate and pashmina infused gin redefine the notion of what is “essential” shopping during Lockdown 2.
So complicated is the warren of lanes that constitutes Borough that my GBG app struggled finding the Globe. I nearly gave up and succumbed to an unwise DIPA in the Rake/Harvey’s in the Market Porter/etc.
And then, there it was.
Grief. It looked familiar. I’m SURE I’ve
eaten dropped something sticky over my fleece outside that distinctive wall.
New to the Guide though, so in I went. Small, unfussy, ideal for a quick beer.
All cask sold off, so a half of Gamma Ray had to do, and of course keg is an acceptable tick after the virtual GBG Tickers Conference of May 2020*.
Even it was £3.58 a half.
Lovely seating position, and more charming young people asking how I was.
“I’m really good, thanks” I said, checking myself, and quickly adding,
“I hope YOU’LL be OK” which sounds as pathetic here as it did then, but what can you say to the youth of 2020 ?
*Checking the fabulous retiredmartin archives just now, I note I did pre-emptively tick the Globe in 2017, being rather put off by the shorts.
Doesn’t that picture make you long for the return of bar flies ?
No, oh well.