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Captain Kidd is the Easternmost of Sam Smiths central London pubs so this seemed like a good place to start. The only problem with it, and I realise this will be even more so with the central London ones, is that it is quite difficult to plan a reasonable length walk to it without pounding through the boring and smelly suburbs which I dislike. I had also left a bit earlier than planned as well so decided, whilst on the tube, that I would get off at Holborn and not Chancery Lane just to add a bit more of central London to the walk.

I hadn't really decided what to do once I reached the City either, I had a vague idea that I might follow the Thames path back the way I went last time but this had two drawbacks: It followed a well known route and it would have me arriving at the pub far too soon for comfort.

In the end, I decided that I would follow the Central Line again but this time in the opposite direction to Liverpool Street and then head north and pick up the Regents Canal just past the Geffrye museum .

Emerged from Holborn station into a cold and murky day and started off at about 1400. The first photo stop was Chancery Lane and it was strange to see it in daylight, this being my usual station for our meetings at The Cheshire Cheese.


Cancery Lane Station


Normally I turn off to the right here and head for Fleet Street


Boris bikes waiting for the City Gent commuters


A glimpse of St Paul's


St Paul's Station


The Guildhall



Wanted to get some pics of the City, 'close up' but this not very practical as the towers can hardly be seen from the ground. Not only that but was busy muttering to myself that they were too tall to be photographed in landscape mode which I prefer for the website.



NatWest Tower or Tower 42


The Gherkin.




The Geffrye museum.

This area was quite familiar to me as Zoe and Peter used to live next door to the museum and before that just one lock down the cut on the canalside.

What was new though was the London Overground bridge, re-built as part of the upgrade work. This replaces an older structure but I was pleased to see that the indent and shallow exit place for barge horses was still there. These were constructed by the side of most railway bridges and provided a way for horses that jumped into the cut when frightened by trains going over the canal, to escape back onto the bank.

There were other users to-day though.


Regent's canal


Winter moorings opposite Zoe and Peter's house



Another dragon on the cut though not as big as our's used to be


Soon Canary Wharf came into view


Mile End Park


Limehouse Basin

The building immediately to the right of Canary Wharf Tower [1 Canada Square] is the Citigroup building up for sale this week for one billion GBpounds, I would call that a snip.

Leaving the basin soon approached the first of the riverside pubs, The Prospect of Whitby , another popular watering hole, but 'NOT to-day' said Susan.


The Prospect of Whitby

Past Wapping Station and our afternoon's goal.


'The Captain Kidd'



Was rather pleased to be able to get a window seat overlooking the river, downstream the vista of Canary Wharf.



Upstream the water police dock and just visible, the bow of the black semi-inflatable that appears mysteriously and threateningly when you stray too close to the Palace of Westminster when your engine breaks down.




The Shard lit up like a Christmas tree

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