I am back in London and dealing with stuff today, some of which took me to the City, once the buzzing dynamo of the economy of the British Empire, but now, given the migration to Canary Wharf, a delightful quiet place, even at 9:45 on a weekday morning on Cornhill. It remains however an elite centre, and Cornhill runs down to the Bank of England, "the old lady of Threadneedle Street", ruled these last five weeks by star central banker Canadian Mark Carney.
St Michael's Cornhill (above) is one of the city's most loved churches, built by Sir Christopher Wren in 1672 and subsequently worked on by Nicholas Hawksmoor and Sir George Gilbert Scott. It is tucked in amongst a number of modern buildings but behind it is a series of alleys of great charm which are worth exploring.
Here is a tourist area with no tourists. What a treat! Definitely worth a detour.....
St Michael's Alley - and the site of London's first coffee house (1652)
Tomorrow I am off to Sussex for two days to see Don Pasquale and Billy Budd at Glyndebourne. News from there in due course!