Desktop Pilgrimage 2021 | Day 3

In which we start where we stopped on Day 2, St Marks Place in north Kensington.

Where we went

  1. From autumn to summer, in Blenheim Crescent (jump to 6 mins 30 seconds in the video below)
  2. From the scruffier part of Ladbroke Grove, over the hill to the smarter bit, and the police station (14 mins 20 secs);
  3. Through Notting Hill Gate (16m 12s);
  4. The Round Pond in Hyde Park (20m 35s);
  5. Knightsbridge, and a tiny detour to my therapist’s office (24m);
  6. Holy Trinity Sloane Square, the so-called Arts and Crafts Cathedral (26m 50s).

Topics, stories

  • the stunning difficulty of choosing stories about an area that I happen to know well;
  • the reason pilgrims followed traditional pathways, and why I’m following Google instead;
  • the identity of the garden that Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts broke into in the film Notting Hill;
  • the names of some of my schoolfriends, and the places where they lived;
  • what has happened in the 10 years since Google captured this photo (above) of the Round Pond in Hyde Park
  • my 2018 breakdown, and subsequent therapy;
  • the church I used to sit in because it’s cheaper than sitting in cafes, and the artworks inside it


Summer to autumn in one second

Jump the red light!

Going back in time

I came here for therapy

Churches are free

Today in full


Weather report

Bright, but still very cold on my (real, actual foot-to-pavement) walk outside.

Up next

From Sloane Square to Borough Market via Westminster Abbey

Spectators: this is live on Facebook every weekday in April, 14.30 to 15.15 UK time.
Participants: get in touch if you’d like to join me “on camera” (via Zoom). This would be a lot more fun. Don’t be shy.