Follow the life of a recently retired teacher. The bucket lists have been written. How much can be achieved in the next 10 years - from the mundane (baking an edible cake) to the ridiculous (kayaking through the rain forest).
This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!
Friday, 16 October 2015
This is the Warrington Hotel in Maida Vale. I first came across this building when I was discovering places of interest on the Bakerloo Line.
It looks wonderful from the outside and I promised myself that I would return to have a look inside.
This week a friend and I travelled out to Maida Vale so we could enjoy lunch in the decorative and unusual bar of the hotel.The mosaic greets you as you walk up the steps and into the bar.
Although this was built in 1859 as a hotel, rumour has it that it operated as a brothel during its Victorian years.
The inside has many Art Nouveau features added at a later date.
In the centre is a semi circular marble topped bar with mahogany panels.
Around part of the seating area are these oval mirrors with mahogany surrounds
The wide staircase is lit by this overhead stained glass window