Horses, boats, pubs, and a royal baby

Last weekend we had three days off. It was wonderful, but I do have to admit, I’ve been scrambling this week to make up for the day off. Not only did we have three days off, but the days were filled with random events. First, we met a buddy for an early lunch. And we stumbled upon these horses. The kid looks completely befuddled.

After lunch, we headed to Little Venice. I had heard they had some type of festival going on and I was curious to see what was happening. As it turned out, they had a ton of boats. More than I have ever seen there. There were food stalls, some rides for the kids, and some stalls for shoppers. We didn’t stay too long since it was quite crowded and the space is a bit limited. But it was fun to see the boats.

After Little Venice we popped into a pub Miles and I wandered by a few months ago. I had been meaning to take the Better Half there when the weather improved. The weather wasn’t great last weekend, but good enough for a longer stroll for a pub visit. The pub was okay. Not the cleanest, but the staff was friendly and I enjoyed my half pint.

Next, a buddy texted wondering if we were in the area. He wanted to meet at a different pub. I know what you’re thinking. Three pubs in one day. But we couldn’t let a buddy drink alone, so we went. We chatted with our friend for almost two hours. He left, and we stayed a little longer to finish our drinks. Turned out to be a good thing. The pub had the news on, and in case you haven’t heard, last Saturday, a princess was born. Almost everyone in the pub was watching the news of William, Catherine, and Charlotte leaving the hospital. (By the way, check out the stairs to the toilet. After a couple of drinks, it gets tricky.)


One of the gentlemen at the bar, who hadn’t said a word the entire time we were there, turned to me when everyone in the pub, including the bartenders rushed outside. He said, “Surely they won’t drive by here.” Then he cocked his head. “But the hospital is just down the road.” He got up. We followed and sure enough, the Royal Baby went by. The photos aren’t great and it happened so fast. We didn’t actually see the baby and it was difficult to see, but William was driving. I think it’s funny that the cop is pointing which direction William needs to turn.




On Monday, the weather was pretty decent so I decided to go for a long walk. After three hours of wandering the city, I made my way home through Hyde Park. They had much of it blocked off for a gun salute. I pondered staying, but it was time for me to take Miles out. However, I did see this.


I never know what’s going to happen in London.

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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43 Responses to Horses, boats, pubs, and a royal baby

  1. Wow! You always find the coolest things to do and places to see in London. Never a dull moment in your life. Next thing you know Will and Kate will be inviting you over to visit with the new baby, and no, a flask is not an appropriate gift for little Charlotte LOL!!

  2. Geoff W says:

    Oh la la. (Haahaa – nothing more to add. Just jealous of your London life.)

    • TBM says:

      Don’t forget, we have to deal with crappy weather 90 percent of the time. Of course you get tons of snow each winter and then humidity in the summer.

  3. Darlene says:

    Wow! You did have an exciting weekend. To think the little Royal Princess and her parents drove by the pub you were at!! Love all the pictures. We have been busy settling into our place in Spain but we did watch the baby news on the television.

    • TBM says:

      It was quite a surprise. My first royal spotting! I hope the weather is beautiful in Spain. Oh and I bet the food is wonderful.

  4. Horses! I love horses, and the pony looking like a dalmatian, how cute is that!
    Those stairs look like a challenge when you’re sober. I bet many have had trouble with them, especially after a drink or two.

  5. Caroline says:

    You certainly had a great time. πŸ™‚
    That pony is too cute.

  6. Sounds like you’ve had plenty of excitement. We saw a lot about it on the news sites, since we seem to be fascinated by British royalty, and they do make a pretty picture. Sweet πŸ™‚

    What are those horses hitched to? Can you hire a ride?

    The boats are great! I’d love to see those.

    • TBM says:

      From what I heard, the horses were part of a charity ride and yes, you could hire a ride. By the time we figured it out, they were gone. Not sure what charity they were raising money for.

  7. Lucid Gypsy says:

    What an eventful time!

  8. oh to have your adventures–I am jealous–and think it was so cool that William was driving. Btw–I would not be able to navigate those stairs at the best of times–

    • TBM says:

      A lot of the pubs have toilets either upstairs or downstairs, and the older ones have stairs like this. I’m getting used to them, but I usually hold on to the hand rail or wall.

  9. Wow, great timing, TBM! You make me want to visit London so much.

  10. You were in the right place at the right time to see that royal drive-by.

    I hope Miles wasn’t too scared during the gun salute. I think Reggie would have been. He usually gets nervous during fireworks or thunderstorms.

    • TBM says:

      We live far enough away from the park and Miles didn’t hear it at all, which is good. He hates fireworks and to my knowledge, he’s never heard a cannon or gun go off. November is a tough month for him since that’s firework season here.

  11. poppytump says:

    Impressive walk all round TBM … 3 hours ! Always find wandering the city more tiring than out on a country walk Lol … must be all those extra diversions …pub stops … horse parades and flashes of royalty πŸ™‚

    • TBM says:

      City walks are more difficult to navigate with the streets and crowds and it was really crowded that day since it was a bank holiday and the weather was decent.

  12. All good stuff, TBM. Specially the horses, and the prince needing driving directions.
    Welcome back!

  13. nrlymrtl says:

    I’ve never seen a speckled little horse before. What fun! And the kids do look totally befuddled, so maybe I am not the only one. I don’t know much about equines beyond my donkeys.

  14. I hadn’t planned on visiting London this year (it’s been about 4 years since my last visit to the UK), but you have made me start to wonder if it wouldn’t be a good idea to pop over for a few days.

  15. aFrankAngle says:

    Way to step up to the plate to provide company for a friend in the pub. Well done … and quite the sacrifice.

  16. biblioglobal says:

    I was so startled to hear about the royal baby. I hadn’t even known it was coming. With all the coverage of the first one, it wouldn’t have been possible not to know! Neat that you happened to be in the right place at the right time!

    • TBM says:

      Talk about perfect timing. We’d almost left the pub with our friend, but I’m a slow drinker. Finally my slowness pays off.

  17. Have missed your pub crawls….Nothing like a royal baby passing by to get the pub crowd excited it seems!

  18. cupitonians says:

    You seem to have contracted the “always at the right place at the right time” syndrome! I’m envious!

  19. Great photo gallery., TBM. London is always full of surprises. I love it. πŸ™‚

  20. Rorybore says:

    Wow – what a full 3 days of Adventure!! You had me with the 3 pubs in one day already, but the wee horses and a Princess really put it over the edge. LOL It really does sound like the perfect holiday weekend.

  21. pattisj says:

    It sounds like London is a happening place–at least on holiday weekends. Those stairs do look a bit menacing–when sober! LOL A royal baby is a big to-do, especially when the parents are so well-loved. How exciting to catch a glimpse, something you will always remember. Give Miles a snuggle for me!

  22. mpax1 says:

    Looks like you had a lot of fun. So William didn’t know how to get home? lol Just teasing.

  23. Nathan says:

    You had me sold when you mentioned Pub. Never been to London… Outside of Heathrow at least. Keep up the cool travels.

  24. Novroz says:

    You had so much fun there in London. Wish I can visit that place one day.

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