The Hardy Tree, St Pancras Old Church, London

New and unusual lunchtime traditions

A winter chill has definitely descended over London and most days we’re treated to bright, clear skies. The autumn light is my favourite and I consider it obligatory to get outside (and get snap-happy) whenever possible.

We’ve got into the habit of wandering round St Pancras Old Church‘s peaceful yard almost every lunchtime; while not an obvious place to take a break, it’s fun to spend half an hour somewhere that’s known as one of Europe’s oldest sites of worship as well as for notorious body-snatching incidents. More recently the church featured as the backdrop for a Beatles photoshoot (on their Mad Day Out, in November 1968).

See also: the Hardy tree, John Soane’s tomb (supposedly the inspiration for the classic red telephone box) and Mary Shelley secretly plotting her elopement by her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft’s, grave. That’s a lot of history for a little churchyard.

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