St Pancras To Westminster

A few friends wanted me to organise a walk or two around town so clutching my edition of London Oddities, a notebook and Google I headed off. I thought I’d share a few highlights of my first scouting for boys expedition.

St Pancras Station is a short hope from home so I leapt off there and headed for my start. St Pancras Old Church is the last resting place of Mary Wolstencroft, the first feminist. Someone still leaves flowers….

The route I chose takes me a hundred yards or so to the Regents Canal. Once shunned for its industrial stench and pollution, the world now turns to it for peace and a little delight

There are gems galore, including, tucked away above one bridge a Banksy

On another occasion I will return to the canal but I branched off into the sweeping calm of Regents Park.

Trying to hug the greenest of spaces I wove a path through the neat, medical dominated streets of Marylebone, with the occasional post

Before reaching Hyde Park and its sussurating avenues

Soon enough it’s all a bit Royal around Green Park and St James Park, a bit Imperial

But Parliament Square at least has recognised some inspiring figures after centuries of old bronze men…

At which point, time and tide sent me to the busstop. My bus, the loyal No. 3, wasn’t due for a few minutes so I finished at a blingy monument in the park behind Parliament.

Not sure why we don’t make more of it, in truth…

It’s a while since I did a proper walk so it’s been a while since I contributed to Jo’s Monday walks. So Jo, here’s mine…

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My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. I will try and continue to blog regularly at geofflepard.com about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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25 Responses to St Pancras To Westminster

  1. Paul Ariss says:

    You reminded me that’s it’s been so long since I’ve been to London. It’s nice to see so many interesting views off the well beaten track.

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  2. I loved this tour, Geoff. St James park is a beautiful place. Now I shall have to pull out my pictures and look at them again.

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  3. noelleg44 says:

    Lovely walk through some eyeful places – with early spring green predominant. I like the fact there is so much history in every corner and no one has tried to destroy it!

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  4. trifflepudling says:

    Sussurating, eh – posh word! Your trees are further on than out here.
    I remember the official opening of the PO/BT Tower. I used to love spotting it on the way back into London after boarding school.
    That last memorial is hideous! He deserved something more serious. I’m not sure why I’ve never seen it, though
    Happy rambling.

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    • TanGental says:

      Thanks. It’s oddly ott isn’t it? My dad took me to the PO tower when the cricket was rained off. We went to the top and saw… the clouds! Bizarre decision really…

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  5. Mary Smith says:

    Lovely to see such green spaces on your walk.

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  6. Lots of quirky sights, definitely my kind of walk. I have never seen a picture, or heard of, that last monument. I don’t agree that it’s hideous, but it’s certainly different and in a cause worth celebrating.

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  7. Lots of memory triggers here. I must work susurrating in somewhere

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  8. Pam Lazos says:

    Thanks for the tour, Geoff.

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  9. restlessjo says:

    And it’s a while since I came here, Geoff! Apologies for the lateness. I saw the pingback but got side-tracked. Lovely London days 🙂 🙂

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  10. ThingsHelenLoves says:

    A very interesting walk, so much to see in the city if you know where to look! A very enjoyable post.

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