A trip down Memory Lane

23rd June, 2015 | Article By Lesley Tan

We used to live in London in the 70’s but moved away. Last year we took a trip back down Memory Lane. It was our younger son’s wedding which brought us back, a great event which took place in Richmond. My husband, elder son and I woke up the next morning with thoughts of spending the whole day visiting some of our old haunts and reminiscing about the “good old days”.

First we took an easy walk downhill from The Richmond Hill Hotel into Richmond itself, the views on the way down were beautiful. We took our lunch and had a drink in a quaint old world pub, then made our way to Richmond British Rail Station and took a train into London.

We got off before Hammersmith and took a walk around Ravenscourt Park where we used to live and I used to work in a pub, The Anglesea Arms. Loads of memories there, our son was born in Queen Charlottes Hospital which used to be nearby. We walked across Goldhawk Road and headed over to the Uxbridge Road area where we also used to have a flat. I must admit we got a bit lost at times.

Our next destination was the bustling area of Shepherd’s Bush with its famous green and amazing mix of cultures. We took a bus from there into the West End – the glorious, wonderful West End! My husband and I both used to work there for the BBC in the 70’s and have wonderful memories of the sights, shopping, nights out with friends, the parks, the shows and, of course, all of the fabulous tourist attractions: Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, China Town, the River Thames, Buckingham Palace and our old workplace, The Langham (BBC), which is now a very expensive hotel!

We wandered around as many of these places as we could then had a well deserved rest in a West End pub. What a great day out in London, felt so good to re-visit and re-kindle such wonderful memories – with a bag of crisps, a pint, and a glass of wine in hand, we three couldn’t have been happier!

By Lesley Tan

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