Last week I walked around a part of London I have never visited before. Two friends went on an adventure from their bit of town to another bit of town and enjoyed a feast for the senses: captured on film by yours truly. It was a beautiful autumnal day that started at Liverpool Station EC2. Just looking up at the sky made me feel good and happy to be right there soaking in that Victorian edifice.
And as I turned to find my way onto the streets I was ushered on my way by a group of children evacuees from WW2!
And this before I had even opened my Hidden Walks of London book.
Turns out this walk is not so hidden as we left the station trailing a group of sightseers heading in roughly the same direction as us.
We started on Folgate street peering into windows of Dennis Sever’s house. Like most houses in and around Spitalfields it is early georgian and at that time around 1700 was likely inhabited by French Hugenot refugees who had fled religious persecution back home. They settled in London and the area first thrived as the centre of silk weaving, a skilled craft that the Hugenots brought with them from home.
In sharp contrast to the warmth of 300 year old streets, all newly spruced by new money, was the modernity of the water feature near Spitalfields market.
Glittering and strewn with autumn colours: it had its own beauty.
Perhaps I will continue my walk with you in a later post but for now . . . morning coffee time !
Have a great day if you are passing by and a great weekend too.