Last night, when I was having a lovely dinner with my friend Lucy, I made the comment that some mornings I get off the train at Charing Cross but instead of going straight to work, I enjoy a walk first. I particularly enjoy being in Trafalgar Square. Here’s why.
On a beautiful sunny morning like today’s, when the sky is bright blue and the sun catches some of the buildings with its early morning orange tint, it is wonderful to stand in this huge old Square with its grand monuments to times gone by and be almost alone.
You are more aware of its size and grandeur when you are practically alone in there. Cars, bikes, buses and pedestrians race around the square but very few walk through it or stop and sit in it during the early hours. The Houses of Parliament can be seen in the distance, adding to the grandeur of the buildings. But look, no people. I almost have these glorious buildings to myself. You can keep the cockerel.This is one of my favourites, The National Gallery. By the evening the square is full of people. The fountains are on in the evening which adds to the loveliness of Trafalgar Square but I prefer it in the mornings. Having enjoyed a few moments in the Square I bought a skinny latte to enjoy on my way to the office. I would have liked to sit on this concrete bench but I kept going as I had so much work to do. The West End is so much more peaceful in the mornings than during the day and evenings. I took one more detour – I walked the length of Monmouth Street which appeared to have had a morning wash! I bought scrambled eggs with spinach, ham and Parmesan from Pure. It was very good and kept me feeling full all morning.
I bought my lunch from Pure too. We have given up with the Timber Yard because the service is so appalling. Pure is actually the closest eatery to the office anyway. I bought 2 side salads instead of one large salad.
They were both very edible. For supper I had Wild Alaskan salmon with a huge portion of stir fried vegetables. Thank you Lara, it is much appreciated to come home and have dinner ready.
I think mornings are always the best. There is always a promise about the coming day that is beautiful.