I was in a hurry, at 11am on a Wednesday morning in summer. I was going somewhere, focused on what lay ahead, when I discovered a tiny, unexpected haven of peace.
The train eventually pulls out of Victoria, half an hour late and well after 9pm. It stops often, presumably for signals. I look up from my book at one stop and see the gigantic building project that is or was Battersea Power Station, bathed in setting sunlight.
Exhibition Road and the area around it, in Kensington, London has iconic buildings and institutions: the Museums (Victoria and Albert, Natural History and Science), the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal College of Music and Imperial College. It has dozens of embassies and consulates. It has a wealth of elegant town houses and apartments on broad tree-lined streets and has Hyde Park at the top.