|From Euston Station. Wesley half way down on left|
My goal for today was to familiarise myself with Euston Station and where I need to go tomorrow to catch my train. That proved to be very easy. The British Rail section of the station is a straight walk of no more than 200 metres from my hotel.
I then went for a walk around the local area - enjoying once again the fun of exploring a London precinct. Euston itself is open and inviting. People, cars and buses move easily. The trees are stark and interesting.
You come across interesting little pockets of park or squares.
Nineteenth century buildings mix it with ingenious 21st century bike racks and twentieth century brickwork.
Everywhere there are tributes to people, events or associations. Stevenson, of rocket fame, still attracts floral tributes.
To keep up the theme of service in this area, the Royal Society of General Practitioners has its headquarters here, accessed through a grand set of gates and sharing its building with a rather trendy cafe.
There is a permanent exhibition from his medical collection, a gallery of art inspired by contemporary medical issues and a large temporary exhibition gallery. The exhibition of the moment is on Electricity: The Spark of Life.
Photos were not allowed, but I enjoyed the Spark of Life exhibition, which featured a wonderful range of equipment demonstrating the history of electricity - from early specimens and images of electric fish, early experiments with electricity, to sections of the first trans-Atlantic cable, original books, industrial and domestic equipment and devices. It was a treasure-trove. I'd have loved to have had access to this when I was studying electricity as part of my Matriculation Physics course over 50 years ago.
Off to the Lakes District tomorrow where the adventure ramps up.