Thursday, March 14, 2013

On the Street Where I Live

My bed at the Lime Tree is very comfy.
Do you remember scene from My Fair Lady when Freddy sings On  the Street Where You Live?  The creamy faced London townhouses are in Belgravia where I am staying.  Belgravia is the most expensive area of real estate in London. But there are bargains to be had if you are a visitor. I am staying at The Lime Tree Hotel on Ebury Street.  This area is close to Buckingham Palace and to the Victoria Coach Station.

I decided to go out for a quick exploration of the neighbourhood and a bite to eat. I was in heaven. Most of Belgravia belongs to the Duke of Westminster and the buildings are heritage and can not be altered on the exterior. In the sleet, I set off along Elizabeth Street for my reconnaissance. The shop windows are so pretty: Hawick's of Scotland Cashmere, Jenny Packham, Allegra Hicks. I'm obviously not going to buy anything but I do ring the bell and visit the cashmere shop. My jet lag has disappeared as I make my way to Eaton Square.
There are 6 private gardens.

Eaton Square  is the home of the Bellamys of Upstairs, Downstairs and of Lady Rosamond of Downton Abbey.  Besides its BBC drama residents, the personages who have lived at Eaton  are too numerous to mention in this post. I am snapping photos when suddenly thanks to sleet, my enthusiasm and an ankle already weakened by a previous fall, I am on the ground.  After reassuring the concerned passersby, I pick myself up a little humiliated and continue on to an early dinner at The Thomas Cubitt.

Thomas Cubitt designed much of Belgravia and of Bloomsbury.  He is also an ancestor of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. I ordered the market fish, hake, with a spinach side salad and a glass of pinot gris. The meal was magnificent and the bar filled with young fashionables enjoying an early evening drink.  I couldn't bring myself to take a photo of my meal.

As I returned home, up the 64 stairs to my room, my ankle began to hurt. All night, I wriggled and squirmed in discomfort. I decided to dress and go down for late breakfast but the ascent was brutal. I rested all day, not even venturing to the chemist's for ibuprofen for fear of another tortuous ascent.
I am happy to report that, at present, I am dressed and about to leave for the Gielgud Theatre for The
Audience.  I will be going by taxi.

1 comment:

  1. Yikes! So sorry about your ankle. Hope you can find a compression bandage without too much trouble. Suspect the play will bring the swelling up again, elevation being so much better against inflammation, but also suspect it will be worth it. Thanks for the tip about a fabulous bargain -- I've pinned this hotel to my "London, Next Trip" board on Pinterest!

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