WATERLOO WOBBLE

Lockdown (2) Eve. Onto Pub No. 4, as I moved level with BRAPA on eight November ticks (but can I edge ahead ? The tension !).

Another 20 minutes from the Ring, past Waterloo and over the Golden Jubilee Bridge (never knew they were called that) to Strand.

A bit of dawdling on the way, with some nice art at the Young Vic,

and a first coffee of the day from Volcano on the edge of Waterloo station.

Not a great experience standing up, but a rare HOT double espresso that earnt the plaudits Volcano gets.

Many years ago I used to have the joy of occasional meetings in grim Department of Health buildings in Waterloo and Elephant and Castle, nearly always involving a bollocking because we’d been underfunded overspent in the East of England.

I always needed some uplifting architecture after that,

and a pint under the arches before the trip home.

These days Waterloo feels oddly under-represented in the Guide these days; just the venerable King’s Arms and the Tap, with the Hole in the Wall awaiting a refurb. Still.

Sad to see the station so quiet, even it that means you can dawdle without getting knocked over for the first time since 1837.

Last time here I enjoyed a memorable night at the Royal Festival Hall, with what can only be described as a Waterloo Sunset (great potential song title).

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Making (another) mental note to revisit and do the Fuller’s pubs on the South Bank, I headed north.

8 thoughts on “WATERLOO WOBBLE

  1. My grandparents met while working at Waterloo railway station during the First World War.
    The Wellington used to be a Marstons pub.
    I’ve attended dozens of meetings just off York Road and often used the Hole In The Wall.

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  2. “with some nice art at the Young Vic,”

    In the pic below, we do something similar over here for possible rock slides. Was that building in danger of crumbling to the ground?

    “I always needed some uplifting architecture after that,”

    Those two round windows seem to follow you wherever you go.

    “with what can only be described as a Waterloo Sunset (great potential song title).”

    Either something to match the Proms, or a poke at Napoleon. 🙂

    “Making (another) mental note to revisit and do the Fuller’s pubs on the South Bank, I headed north.”

    Always leave yourself something to look forward to*. The spice of life that is.

    Cheers

    * – especially if one is married! 😉

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  3. The Hole in the Wall was a regular place of mine when I worked in London for a bit. I used to stay at the Union Jack Club, not many yards away and many a night was passed in there with, probably, pints of Courage Best. At least it wasn’t far to stagger “home”.

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