Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Hampstead Heath & Regents Park

Since I wasted much of a lovely Saturday (you've seen the Friday pictures - though I did make it out for a Pilates lesson) I vowed to make the most of Sunday.

Firstly in the morning, I dragged Laura out of bed and hiked across to Hampstead to meet her before we headed up to Hampstead Heath, to take a walk around the park. I haven't been there in Summer before and it is just lovely - so green and it feels like you are in the middle of the countryside, except up the top where you can see the city from Kenwood House.

Then that afternoon I dragged Mark out of the house, and we had lunch at The Prince Regent on Marylebone High street. We always check out our pubs first on a website called Fancy a Pint and this one turned out to be a good choice, as it was a non-chain pub, it had fabulous decor (think dark wood, central bar, chandeliers, stained glass opened windows), Belgian fruit beers - on tap and our Sunday roast was lovely sitting outside.

We then got a paper and went for a walk over to Regents Park, where we found a spot to lie down and read. Find a spot firstly was a tricky aspect as although its a huge park, but everyone in London was there, it seemed on Sunday. The sports grounds were packed out, badminton nets were in abundance, the hairy backed and variously pasty pale backs of hundreds of men were on display, the playgrounds were overflowing and the queues for icecream - wow! Apparently, forget Spain, forget Southern Europe, the place for sunshine this past weekend was London with the hottest April temps anywhere. I am so not complaining!!!
Near the lake at the bottom of Kenwood House
View down towards the lake

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