Relax Among The Books

I work very close to Charing Cross Road.  Many of you will know this is a road famous for its bookshops; very large shops, cut price, antiquarian and specialist.  All manner of book shops.  My work is all computerised meaning I spend most of the day sitting at my laptop and lately I have been incredibly busy with few chances to get out at lunchtime.  Yesterday however I really needed a break from my digital world and so I headed to the sanctuary of a very large bookshop.

Charing Cross Road  runs North and South and defines the boundary between the London Boroughs of Westminster

Charing Cross Road Westminster and Camden.Charing Cross Road Camden The book shop I tend to retreat to is Foyles which has been in business for over 100 years  and is still owned by the Foyles family.Foyles store front I did have some books to buy which I enjoyed looking for but I was really heading to the room above the Foyles sign.Foyles entrance The cafe.

Foyles cafe

To be honest it is quite a dingy cafe.  A bit on the dark and unloved side.
dull and dingy Foyles cafe The food isn’t amazing either.  It is perfectly adequate but not somewhere to travel to for the express purpose of eating in.

I like it because it is peaceful.  Having relaxed by wandering among book shelves bulging with books about most topics you could think of, I arrived in the cafe, selected my lunch and sat in relative peace and quiet.  Most people seem to come here alone and sit reading their books or using laptops, phones, iPads etc.  So it is quite peaceful, certainly compared to other local coffee shops and cafes brimming with people in groups, chatting. When I seek sanctuary from my large open plan digital work space, I want to sit companionably but silently.  So the cafe of a bookshop is perfect.Foyles lunch 22-5-14 I enjoyed a salad with falafel in a wrap while I flicked through some books I had bought Harvey and caught up on email.salad and wrap in Foyles cafe I became alarmed when paying for my books as I saw signs that Foyles is moving in the next few weeks. What ?!!!  Moving my little sanctuary ?

Foyles signs

Luckily they are only moving next door – phew.Foyles going next door

Just in to here, where you can already see brand new book cases.  I do hope they have a cafe.
new Foyles I worked from home today and began the day with a mushroom and Gruyere omelette.mushroom omelette I picked my first little vase of sweet peas of the year.sweet peas and radio Hopefully the first of many.sweet peas 23-5-14 The blueberries are still there, plumping up but still green.bleberries 23-5-14 The clematis are in full bloom.  This white one is massive and so perfect.white clematis 23-5-14 This purple one is truly splendid and has been flowering for 2 weeks and is still going strong.purple clematis 4 Look how beautiful it is.purple clematis 3 purple clematis 2 This one has a little visitor.purple clematis 1 Bzzzzzzzzzzz.purple clematis The Rhodendenrons are better than I ever remember 23-5-14 Rhodedendron 23-5-14 I don’t know what this one is called but it is one of my favourites and flowers for ages in its grand pot beside the back door.  The pretty pink flowers on their tall dainty stalks towering above their variegated leaves bob about for weeks adding a welcome splash of colour against the brick flowers by back door I have had a very hectic few weeks and am looking forward to some time off.  A large G&T and a Sarah Raven Catalogue seem like a good way to start relaxing to me.Sarah Raven and G&T

Have a good weekend.


About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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5 Responses to Relax Among The Books

  1. Bruce says:

    Geoff says that the lovely plant with the pink flowers is a heuchera

  2. laura1952 says:

    I believe your plant is called Heuchera Coral Bells and it is lovely. What a welcome splash of colour for sure. I finally was able to do some planting after a very long Spring Clean Up from the Ice Storm just before Christmas. Cheers and enjoy your weekend.

  3. Lucy Murphy says:

    Very nice, loving that Heuchera. The new Foyles should be great as the old one has good stock but is not very conducive. I much prefer the Waterstones on Piccadilly in the old Simpsons building. They serve a good cocktail too!

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