Imaginings

I love London…

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…and when I visit London I like to pretend I live there. In my imagination I don’t have to go to work; I have the freedom to wander day after day, taking in the sights and sounds of the city. If the weather isn’t great, I can stay in because there will always be another day, and my inner city apartment is modern and spacious with a glorious view of the river.

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In reality, we never have enough time in London to do everything we want. We like to stay in Bloomsbury, an area we’ve come to know well. Each time we arrive in Cartwright Gardens, it feels as if we’re home.

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The studio apartment we always book is the size of a matchbox and it’s on the third floor, so we get our daily exercise going down the staircase in the morning and up again that evening. Instead of the Thames, we can see the pretty garden between the buildings if we lean far enough out the window.

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But the location is marvellous. It’s just around the corner off Euston Road, yet the traffic noise can hardly be heard. From Kings Cross tube station in one direction or Russell Square in the other we can go anywhere in the city. We buy our fresh fruit and vegetables from the friendly man at the little stall on Marchmont Street. There are several grocery stores nearby and even more pubs. Our favourite is Mabels Tavern on Mabledon Place, and in the evening we walk around the corner to join the after-work crowd for dinner and a drink.

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I will probably never live in London, but when I visit I like to imagine I’m a local!

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29 thoughts on “Imaginings

  1. What a great place to stay. Location is everything, isn’t it? And it is fun to go back to the same place time and again so it does feel like a home away from home. You’ve discovered a gem there. 🙂

    • From there we can walk to the British Museum and Covent Garden. It’s also very close to St Pancras International so a great place to stay if you want to go to Europe on Eurostar. We’ve done that twice. We so enjoyed checking out all our favourite places this time. Even the man in the apartment across the way in the other building on the second floor who never closes his curtains was still there. 🙂

  2. I am the same wherever I visit – I pretend I live there and you are so right to stay in an appartment rather than an hotel. It makes all the difference. Bloomsbury is gorgeous …. I imagine myself one of the Bloomsbury Set of course whenever I find myself there (which is rarely since I left England) … I rather fancy being Virginia Woolf though if I were a man I would be Forster! This was a lovely post – I thoroughly enjoyed it!

    • Can’t say I’ve noticed that. I was probably too busy enjoying myself and trying to take it all in to notice. And the shower in the studio is so small you can’t bend over so I just soap up and rinse off. I wouldn’t be able to see the dirt washing off. (That may be a bonus)

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