The first Landmark property I stayed in was Cloth Fair about 16 years ago with our teenage daughter. After an eerily quiet walk through The City of London, deserted on a Friday evening, we arrived at the former home of John Betjeman. It was just like stepping into a museum after the glass, steel and high-rise buildings we’d encountered on the way. It was hard to imagine that this street was once the site of a bustling market, where merchants traded their best cloth centuries earlier, and amazing to think that some of these houses survived The Great Fire of London.
We unpacked and set off to explore the city, we visited a beautiful ancient church which had a candle lit service and then returned to make a light dinner. After a lovely breakfast the next morning, we popped into St Bartholomew the Great, a wonderful Norman church, followed by a trip to Frederick Leighton’s house and The Barbican Centre to enjoy a film in the evening.
On Monday morning, we woke to the sound of Smithfield Market coming to life with huge lorries offloading the finest Scottish beef, and Welsh lamb. We bought some lovely goodies from the market and set off for the train back north.
The first of many happy stays!