Tigger has a day off work today so we can go out and amuse ourselves. The weather is quite cold (colder than the forecasts suggest) but it is at least dry with intermittent sunshine which, though not very warming, makes us feel more cheerful.
Aboard the 214
We started by catching a 214 bus.
Crossing Camden High Street
The bus brought us to Camden Town where we visited a craft shop for Tigger to buy wool for her crochet projects. I snatched this photo as we made a death-defying dash across the High Street.
Continuing along the High Street
After the craft shop, we continued along the High Street which narrows somewhat on passing along the left side of the Underground Station.
The touristy bit
This brought us to the district that is crowded with tourists in the season as the street is lined with trendy or exotic (depending on your point of view) shops, eateries and tattoo parlours.
Some of the shops have complex and colourful fronts like this elephant and..,
…this Chinese dragon (which, as you can see, is not an imperial dragon as it has only four toes).
We reached another famed place, Camden Lock, known not so much for the barges changing level as for Camden Market sited beside it.
This market has the advantage of being under cover and people can browse there in comfort in any weather.
On two levels
The market is on two levels, making is very large.
Some stalls are quite small and open-fronted while others, like this one, are shop-size with entrance doors.
Canal and bridge
We went out from the market to the canal beside the pedestrian bridge that crosses it.
Along the towpath
We walked a little way along the towpath and exited into Chalkfarm Road.
We visited the local branch of Costa Coffee and…
The diminutive lounge
…found seats in a corner of the diminutive lounge.
As it now felt like lunchtime, we went along to a nearby branch of Wagamama.
We had come here last when Covid restrictions were still in force. Things were more relaxed today, fortunately.
Aboard the 168
We returned to Camden High Street to catch a 168 bus going to Hampstead Heath.
South End Green
We left the bus at its terminus in South End Green.
We went up the street called Keats Grove to Keats’ House. It was closed so we couldn’t have visited it – assuming we would want to, of course.
Keats Community Library
Next to it is the Keats Community Library which was open, so we went in.
Photo by Tigger
It has a splendid stained glass ceiling dome.
We sat in the library for a while as it was warm and there were comfortable chairs. It is a fairly small library but pleasant and welcoming as witness a number of people reading or working with their computers.
Hampstead Heath Station
We returned to the main road by the Overground Railway’s Hampstead Heath Station. The station shelters a fruit and veg stall on its entrance forecourt, a nice example of commercial symbiosis.
Our next port of call was Starbuck’s where we took refreshment (coffee for Tigger and tea for me).
Photo by Tigger
By the time we emerged, the daylight was fading and evening was coming on. We went to the bus stop to begin our journey home.
Aboard the 46
We first boarded a single-deck 46 which carried us back to Camden Town where we transferred to another single-decker, a 214, this time.
Nighttime in Pentonville Road
By the time we left the bus in Pentonville Road, night had fallen completely. From here we were soon chez nous once more with a good day to look back on and a cosy evening to look forward to.