Last Friday Night

I love wandering around in London.  Last Friday when the better half suggested a date night I jumped at the chance.  I started off the night by stopping in the pub Ye Olde Watling to read some of the Charles Dickens’ novel that I am currently enjoying.  I treated myself to a half pint of Guinness while waiting for my date to arrive.  It was fun sitting in a pub that has so much history.   The claim is that Sir Christopher Wren used old ships’ timbers to construct this pub.  It dates back to 1668.  Another claim is that during the construction of St. Paul’s Cathedral, the upstairs of the pub was utilized as a drawing office.

I am a little behind in my reading.  I was hoping to be done with Nicholas Nickleby by the end of February.   However, I am only 500 pages in, leaving over 200 more to go.

Once my date arrived, we headed towards St. Paul’s Cathedral.

There were remnants of Tent City outside of St. Paul’s.  On the following Monday, during the night, the rest of the tents were removed.

We popped into the pub, The George, founded in 1723, to sample some brews.

Across the street from this pub is the Royal Courts of Justice

Fashion week was occurring at the Somerset House.

Then we walked by Trafalgar Square.  It is beautiful at night.

We had a delightful night!

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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46 Responses to Last Friday Night

  1. Sounds like you had fun!!!! 🙂 **

  2. fgassette says:

    Looks like a great date night. The pub shot looks like one of the scenes in the movie COCKTAIL starring Tom Cruise. I did a post on the Occupy Pittsburgh movement here. and here

    • TBM says:

      I haven’t seen Cocktail in years 🙂

      I didn’t know they had Occupy Pittsburgh as well. I heard about the ones in NY and CA. I’ll check it out. Thanks.

  3. niasunset says:

    So beautiful all these London photographs… Especially the pub fascinated me. “Ye Olde Watling”… You captured amazing night photographs of this beautiful city. I am so glad that you had a wonderful time. Thank you dear TBM, with my love, nia

    • TBM says:

      I really enjoyed Ye Olde Watling. It was actually the first pub I popped into when I landed in London. I had to wait for my room so I enjoyed lunch and a drink and tried to wake myself up after the flight.

  4. Love these night photos. 🙂 Looks like it was a great time too. 🙂

  5. zannyro says:

    How wonderful! Now that’s what I call a date night!

  6. Galicia Futura says:

    Beautiful and funny London!

  7. Northern Narratives says:

    I have never been to London so I really enjoy all your great photos 🙂

  8. London is so steeped in history! Love those old pubs. Thanks for taking us along. 🙂

  9. Kristina says:

    Sounds like a great night out 🙂 Good Old London 🙂

  10. Zelmare says:

    Pub crawling in London…what could be better? 🙂

  11. I’ve never been to London, but after checking out your awesome pics, it’s suddenly risen higher on my “Cities To Visit Before I Die” list. Thanks!

  12. thegrayway says:

    This is fantastic! How long are you in London for?

  13. Fergiemoto says:

    Oh, how wonderful – looks like a great date night!

  14. Carl V. says:

    Now THAT is a good date night! And what a cool place to hang around waiting for your date to arrive! So glad you are taking advantage of the coolness of your current living situation.

  15. pagesofjulia says:

    Hey TBM! Husband and I are going to be in London in a few weeks! C’mon pubs 🙂 I can’t remember if I hit the George last time I was there, but it rings a bell. Sooo many to stop at in our few days…

  16. London by night..aaah! Will be over there in about a week, so am very excited!

  17. T.F.Walsh says:

    Looks like so much fun

  18. “… On the following Monday, during the night, the rest of the tents were removed…”
    it’s not easy for the Occupy Wall Street movement …

    • TBM says:

      No it isn’t. I’m not sure what will happen next. It will be interesting to see if the protesters try to set up camp elsewhere.

  19. Caroline says:

    There is nothing like English pubs, I think. I like them very much. Although not a beer drinker I do like Guinness.

    • TBM says:

      Guinness is one of my favorites. I’ve only started drinking beer over the past couple of years. I’m a little picky, but it is fun to try new ones. Fortunately my better half loves beer so if I don’t like one that I’ve ordered I just hand it over and order a cider or tea.

  20. What a grand night out, I’d love to sit in Ye Olde Watling with a Charles Dickens book and half a pint of Guinness.

  21. Dickens + Guinness? Good combo 😉 I prefer snakebite though !

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