A day’s worth of wisdom in London

Replica of the destroyed triumphal arch at Palmyra

Replica of the destroyed triumphal arch at Palmyra

London is the perfect place to feed inquisitiveness. In just a single Thursday last week I learnt:

  • Where the best Caffè Nero is, from looking behind where I sat in the branch at Islington Green and seeing shelves full of books for me to read.
  • About the future of digital advertising, from an industry expert.
  • That I had missed the gun salute for the Queen’s 90th birthday while I was on the bus, from reading the news over lunch in a mouse-infested kitchen.
  • Who Thomas Carlyle was, from his house in Chelsea that was turned into a National Trust property.
  • How forthcoming Londoners can be, from being asked whether I had any superstitions upon getting off the bus, by the man alighting at the same stop.
  • What the destroyed triumphal arch at Palmyra looked like, from a replica that stood in Trafalgar Square.
  • How resourceful and friendly Londoners can be, from reading the musings of the Homeless Poet who then came over to introduce himself and shake my hand.
  • That I’ve been saying “Plantagenet” wrong all along, from a National Portrait Gallery tour guide.
  • Where the best value Japanese restaurant is in London, from the surprisingly small figure on the receipt we received for a meal too bountiful for us to finish.
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