My good friend Joanne came to stay over easter and we had a great break. I’ve been really busy with work and her own work has not stopped ever since we last met, which was for the TGirl bar last autumn. It was nice to have her back to stay.
She came on Good Friday and we met an old male friend of mine for dinner at the excellent Chimes English restaurant in Pimlico and then went to the West End for coffee. The bustle of London on a Friday night is always fun just in itself.
The next day we met up with Rachel and Irene for lunch at Bistro 1 in Frith St, a venue we haven’t been to for quite a while. Excellent value, as ever.
Covent Garden was heaving with people, even busier than ever and this time I thought we would probably do better getting out of the crowds. We jumped on an old Routemaster bus to the Tower of London just for fun but I was disappointed that they’ve changed some of the details from when I used to catch one every day to go to school – yellow has given way to cream on the interior ceilings and there’s now fluorescent lighting rather than the old bulbs, and you can’t wind the windows down using those exciting twiddly knobs. We then got on a new Routemaster just to see what they are like – quite spacious in fact. But it did break down in the Strand!
The fountains are on in Somerset House courtyard so it will be nice to go there in the summer.
Joanne and I then had a cocktail in Christopher’s American bar and dinner at Boulevard French restaurant, both in Wellington Street. These are enjoyable and popular venues.
Sadly, Joanne had to go home on Easter Sunday and I had to get on with more work and stuff but I hope to see her again soon and hope she makes it to Sparkle. It was good to have a proper weekend break, though.