Travelling by London Midland first class rail from Northampton where a new station is in construction on the site of Northampton's ancient castle on Thursday afternoon, 23rd. January,brought me punctually and comfrtably to Euston station which was the starting point
of my Triangle, Euston - Old Street - Moorgate, with each point of the Triangle part of my
visitor's package for two days. A black cab from the rather smelly underground taxi rank
took me on a straight run to 275 Old Street, Holiday Inn Express. Fare: £11.30p. A very swift
check-in, room 538, and then off on the next part of my Triangle, namely, Armourers & Brasiers' Hall, 81 Coleman Str., opposite The Globe pub, Moorgate. The Hall is the H. Q. of one of the oldest guilds in London, Founded over 550 years ago. The Hall survived heavy
bombing during WWII, where neighbouring buildings all succumbed to The Blitz. A photo
records the scene. MY visit was to attend an annual dinner in their excellent dining hall.
The reason for my Triangle is that a visitor can walk from 275 Old Street to Morrgate at
a leisurely pace within twenty five minutes without a taxi, or bus. Importantly on the route
to Moorgate the visitor passes the John Wesley founding church, which is well worth a visit
as it brings complete silence from the busy Old Street traffic. It is a place for peace and
quiet thought during one's busy life style.
I did the reverse of The Triangle by taxi from Moorgate - Old Street in the late evening then
on check-out a taxi to Esuton to complete the last leg of that Old Triangle I have used for
over a decade, or so. Each visit reveals changes to London City, but one thing never
changes and that is the heavy traffic, but it is still nice to chat with the Black Cab drivers, who
have a wide knowledge of London City and its immediate environs.
I can thorughly recommend the Holiday Inn express for anybody who wants things to be
handled professionally with speed. Breakfast was good value for money and was included in
my price of £149. per night. A late night beverage cost £7. for a brandy night cap. Staff are
pleasant, smile, and know their job. A good breakfast is always a good start to a day when
travelling on the Old Triangle, with Time of the Essence. My return journey to Nortthampton
was punctual and comfrtable during bad weather. No delays. Ticket price £63. first-class.
I look forward tom using the new railway and bus stations at Northampton. A good hub
for doing business and for ongoing travel to the Midlands, or East Anglia.
Geoff Hamilton, editor, anglo-nordic-times? LOOK NORDIC. THursday/friday 23-24. January
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