A nice day
January 29, 2009
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I don't usually do the blog-as-diary post, but I've had The Nicest Afternoon. In pursuit of content for Londonist I visited Persephone Books and Treadwells. At Persephone they gave me a tour of their 18th century cellars and we had a lovely chat about the history of their press and shop, and at Treadwells I got a cup of tea and a splendid chinwag with the owner. I love small bookshops, they have a beautifully genteel vibe about them. Persephone is an oasis of dove-grey calm, while Treadwells is a fabulous coven (almost literally) of books and objects about paganism, wicca, alternative beliefs, cultural history and the like. Oh, and a section on cats. And the location for a group that reads one Shakespeare play every month. I'd go on about it, but I have to save something for Londonist, right?
In Covent Garden piazza I had an in-depth discussion over the A-Z with a couple of tourists about the best way to get to the British Museum (the old adage: 'well, I wouldn't start from here'. Too many twisty streets if you haven't got a map of your own…) and in Lush I heard the tale of the staff member who'd been at home with a yellow face mask and green hair mask on when his flatmate came home, who erupted with laughter for the next two hours. I enjoyed a double chocolate cupcake at Candy Cakes and then finally, to my joy, learned the name of one of my favourite pieces of classical music. In typical Covent Garden fashion, there was a quintet entertaining the crowds and I collared the guy who was asking for donations. (It's Pachelbel's Canon in D, if you're interested. No, I'd never heard of Pachelbel either.)
I can't remember the last time I had such a companionable day. It's so rare to make connections with people in London yet it happened all over the place today. And now I'm going to top it off by making scones.