It turned out to be a one day weekend, as far as walks went, as Sunday's east London walk never happened due to illness. Not my illness, but other peoples. There's always a lot of it around at this time of year and sensible to buy a bulk load of tissues and keep them within easy reach.
On Saturday morning, as we were merrily wandering along Fleet Street, we came across an even merrier band of Santas coming the other way. It is safe to say, they were all pretty drunk, as it was part of the annual SantaCon, which is effectively a massive pub crawl whereby participants get dressed up as Father Christmas or Elves and get incredibly drunk. They seemed to be succeeding in their quest.
You can see some of the old signs on buildings along Fleet Street that hark back to the streets days as the centre of the newspaper industry. On the photo above, you can see 'News Agency Ltd' to the left of the dry cleaners. The last red bricked building to the left of that, is El Vino, a wine bar and Fleet Street institution. When it was opened in 1879 by Alfred Bower it was called 'Bower & Co'. The name changed when Mr Bower decided he'd like to try and become Lord Mayor of the City of London, which meant that he had to stop trading in the City under his own name. Evidently, 'El Vino' was chosen as a replacement, and in 1924 Alfred Bower achieved his ambition, and became Lord Mayor.
In the afternoon, Triona and Martin from Dublin, returned for their second walk with me, which took us over to Bankside and Borough. Here are the group standing outside the Anchor, which although a historic pub in its own right, is incredibly popular in the summer, offering great views over the Thames.
First person to ever have his own heart thermometer - Joel
Most people from Peterborough in one group - Tim, Julie, Karl & Maxine
Most Australian - Marcus & Karen
Special Award for doing their 2nd walk - Triona & Martin
Bowl Of Chalk
Bowl Of Chalk based shenanigans.