The round table would be none other than King Arthur’s of course, which–who knows?–probably never existed, but this sign is based on a reproduction of the legendary original designed by Edward I around 1290 in honor of the betrothal of one of his daughters. It’s known as the Winchester Round Table, and you can read more about it here.
A veritable cabinet of curiosities: bust of Queen Victoria, pointing finger, round convex mirror, and blackboard listing bar food options, including (third on the list, scotch eggs). What are scotch eggs? A curiosity in themselves! Wikipedia defines a scotch egg thusly: “a hard-boiled egg wrapped in sausage meat, coated in bread crumbs and baked or deep-fried.” Read more about all kinds of versions of them at this site here, which also notes, “one can judge a pub’s level of culinary ambition by its attitude to scotch eggs.” We didn’t try The Rose’s scotch eggs so couldn’t vouch for its culinary ambitions.
Wonderland lighting, art nouveau curves … this says, “Welcome to London!”
Bottle of proseco plus note to subletter (indicating it’s for her) means … the fridge is clean and I’m really really almost out the door! (In fact this post is being written at the airport!)
What are drying rugs a sign of? That they’ve just been washed (at the nearby laundromat since they’re too heavy for our machines) as a part of the general spiffing up of the premises for my subletter … in other words drying rugs are a sign that I’m about to leave!
Pretty, sunny late afternoon, as witnessed by the light shining through these fresh new green leaves. The tree is next to First Presbyterian church on 5th Avenue, which has been featured in these pages before (here). It turns out it’s quite a historic building, and the church/congregation as an institution has even more history than that! Read all about both here.