Tour de London - Day 6
Freedom! The convocation is done, Old Ones are sleeping in, time to head out and explore on my own.
After considerable research, I discovered some lesser known parts of the city to head out and explore.
I started the day at Earls Court, to walk up to Leighton Houseand Kyoto Garden in Holland Park.
As soon as I exited the station I was greeted by the TARDIS. Its a friendly face to start the day. I needed that perhaps after the eerie experiences of the last two days. Maybe the Doctor is around if needed.
It was my first time in this part of London. It was a refreshing change from the busier parts of the city I had spent most of my time in so far.
A short walk from the station I saw a beautiful alley way converted into a games area by the aptly named Game restaurant.
The closer I got to the museum, the posher the area became. More greenery, more quite, bigger houses, better cars. I noticed I was still in Chelsea and Kensington area which explained that.
Leighton House was rather unassuming from outside. But as soon as I entered it was quite breathtaking. It was the home of Frederick Leighton, a renowned 19th century painter who lived there for most of his life until his death.
Since I was not allowed to take photos, and there was an attendant more or less stalking me through the house, here are some photos.
Source - Curatorial Files
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As I made my way to the last room in the museum, I noticed a shadow in the corner of the eye, as if someone was standing in the corner watching me. I had the uneasy feeling of being watched and a shiver went down my body. I slowly turned to see if there was someone there but the room was completely empty. At this point, I decided to view the garden and leave immediately. Some eerie thingd have been happening ever since my encounter with the red door and Andrew Norton at the school.
Just 5 minutes walking distance from the house is Holland Park, where I found there is a place called Kyoto Garden. Donated by Japan, in recognition of UK's assistance after the recent earthquakes, it is a slice of
Japan and its horticulture in London. Holland park itself has quite a few attractions.
The one I remember the most, is the outdoor chess set. As I about to take a photo. I saw an elderly gentlemen standing across the field looking straight at me. I immidiately recognized him. It was Andrew! As soon as I put my camera away. He was gone. I left Holland Park to my next destination - Leadenhall Market.
I have seen photos of the market and watched it on TV several times. I wasn't able to see it in person on my last trip. So this time I decided to check it out. Almost all the shops, mainly food places, were closed but I managed to take a few good shots.
Within 10 minutes walk from Leadenhall was my final destination for the day as the sun was beating down hard. Tucked in between modern buildings on all sides, is St Dunstans. A church with almost 2000 year history. Sir Christopher Wren redesigned the Church tower back in the Seventeenth Century but rest of the church was destroyed by enemy action during WWII.
I suddenly felt the same feeling I had earlier in the day. As if someone was standing behind me, just around the corner. This time, the feeling was much more discernable. I was sure that my mind was playing tricks and as soon as I turned, there would be nothing. But I was wrong. Behind the fence stood a figure, dressed in all black, with a mask on his face and and stick in hand. I moved closer to see if it was really someone real. I instinctively snapped a photo and then looked back to see the figure was gone.
Partly scared, partly excited, I look forward to the rest of my trip with some trepidation.