A Sunday exploring East Central

Classic red postbox in East London

this weekend, cabin fever set in. after the best part of 10 days spent cooped up packing & unpacking we needed to get out, so we went out for a belated anniversary lunch then spent a couple of hours exploring the EC postcode area.

Squirrel, Bunhill Fields, LondonBunhill Fields Burial Ground, LondonPlaying with squirrels in London parks

the best discovery was bunhill fields burial ground. it’s fairly famous in terms of the plague & bodysnatchers but no one told me it’s overrun with squirrels. i’m a self-confessed squirrel whisperer but these guys are so curious they’re basically tame (& oh so cute, if my bag had been bigger i may’ve considered tempting one in there to bring it home).

Charterhouse Square, Farringdon, LondonMalmaison hotel, LondonThe 'haunted' Bleeding Heart Yard, LondonHaunted(?) Bleeding Heart Yard, Farringdon, London

next stop was the malmaison for their brilliant-value sunday lunch; we forgot how much food you actually get for your £20 so tip #1 is wear stretchy clothes. tip #2 is order a painkiller cocktail. 3-courses later we wandered rolled around farringdon/st paul’s & i finally found the excellently-named bleeding heart yard, which didn’t feel quite as haunted as i’d hoped but was interesting enough & is worth a revisit – ideally on a suitably dark, misty evening.

Farringdon, London, EC1The Bank of England, City of LondonBank, City of London

as we waddled back to the bus stop we came across a closed set just by the bank of england. there were plenty of gunshot-type noises so it looks like some kind of heist movie will be hitting our screens in 6-months or so, if that’s your jam! i’ve fought off this food coma for long enough & tomorrow is the first day back at work post-move so my pjs are calling – happy new week!

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