A group of Mosaic Walkers met on a windy Sunday morning in March outside Covent Garden underground station for the first Walk in Literary London of 2017.
Although a short walk, it was certainly one of the most pleasant areas in which to linger, from Bow Street Magistrates’ Court (where Oscar Wilde spent two weeks awaiting trial) to Stanfords in Long Acre (the travel and book shop where Sherlock Holmes bought a map of Dartmoor in ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’).
Quotations from Henry Fielding (Tom Jones), George and Weedon Grossmith (Diary of a Nobody) and Stevie Smith (Not Waving but Drowning) were read en route.
Perhaps my favourite quote was from A. A. Milne, who bequeathed part of his estate to the Garrick Club where he was a member: “That’s a goloptious full-up pot of honey”, said Pooh. (Piglet Meets a Heffalump)
Fortunately, nobody became detached from the group as a result of window shopping, and having worked up a modest appetite, the Mosaic Walkers retired to the Crusting Pipe in the piazza for lunch.
by John Ashmele