Saturday, January 25, 2014
The end of January is obviously a great time for a week off.
Here are my plans so far.
morning afternoon evening
Sat 25 Jan booked booked free
Sun 26 Jan free free free
Mon 27 Jan booked booked booked
Tue 28 Jan Grand Day Out
Wed 29 Jan free booked free
Thu 30 Jan booked booked free
Fri 31 Jan booked booked free
Sat 1 Feb Boring Long Weekend Trip
Sun 2 Feb
Mon 3 Feb
Here are some of the things I'm thinking of plugging the gaps with.
» This weekend across London there'll be 38 Winter Wanders, that's free guided walks organised by Walk London (now run by Walk England) (who are now called Walk Unlimited). If it's Saturday (dry) then how about one of the longer outer walks, but if it's Sunday (wet) then better one of the tarmac-based inner walks. Here's what this afternoon's walk to Cockfosters was like last year. You might need wellies.
» I should go see the Cheapside Hoard at the Museum of London - I hear it's good. Plus maybe I'll pop nextdoor to Pop Art Design at the Barbican Art Gallery (until the 9th).
» Or sample one of the free lectures at the Guildhall Library (it's the Cheapside Hoard on Monday)
» I'll be watching the Bow Roundabout's new low level cycle lights in action, sometime before the end of the month.
» South West Trains are offering a return trip for a tenner, almost anywhere on their network, every weekend between now and the end of February. Ten quid to Portsmouth, or Salisbury, or Bournemouth... it's tempting. The Isle of Wight's extra (but reduced extra).
» Tomorrow the English Civil War Society are commemorating the 365th anniversary of the murder of King Charles I by marching down The Mall into Horseguards Parade. Be there at 11.30am, like I was for the 363rd.
» Some bus rides, I think.
» It's about time I went on a guided tour of Broadcasting House (although if I wait until next month they're throwing in the One Show studio too).
» The Evening Standard's doing its cheap meals at slightly posh restaurants deal again (until Sunday 16th February). If you know anyone to go for a meal with.
» The Out of Ice exhibition looks intriguing, and Ambika (nr Baker Street) is always a fascinating venue.
» Or there's the Jeremy Deller, fresh from the Venice Biennale, at Walthamstow's William Morris Gallery. It's just opened (til the end of March).
» Ooh, Two Temple Place reopens on Friday, until the end of April, with an exhibition of scientific curiosities from the University of Cambridge Museums. Yes yes yes.
» I do need to replace my watch battery at some point.
If we've been meaning to meet up for ages, and not quite got round to it, perhaps this week would be an ideal time. Obviously you'd need to have the last week of January off work too, or not have work, whatever. But it'd be good to do something, so let me know.