This past Friday I found myself with an early morning appointment in The City, and another meeting at 11:30am. This left me with a few hours to explore and enjoy the Square Mile on the last major working day before Christmas week.
I kicked things off at Bea’s of Bloomsbury, a great little coffee shop at One New Change, which is a modern shopping mall located next to St. Paul’s Cathedral. The cathedral, by the way, was absolutely glowing in the early morning winter sun.
After coffee it was off to Bank where I wandered around The Royal Exchange and admired all the luxury shop windows dressed up for the season. The interior of the Royal Exchange is absolutely stunning, but unfortunately no photos are allowed. (I found this out the hard way from a very polite security guard)
No trip to The City is complete without a wander through Leadenhall Market. There’s been a market here since the 15th century, but the current covered structure has been in place since the 1880s. After my brief trip to Leadenhall I continued to wander aimlessly for another half hour or so, reminding myself of how lucky I am to not only live in London, but have the luxury of taking a random stroll through its streets on a Friday morning.
I’ve been working my butt off for the last few months, but next week I’m going to take things easy and enjoy the festivities here in town. This will be my first Christmas in London for four years and I’m really looking forward to it.
Girl in London