We are going to go back to the Horniman Museum and Gardens, 100 London Rd, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ, as we were so dazzled by the park on our last outing. The grounds were lovely, with views, there were animals, butterfly house, prehistoric garden, somewhere a sunken garden, and we felt that we did not explore anything like all the possibilities in the time available. Most of us did not even go into the Museum, which is our fall-back position if wet, although the cafe has large sunshades, there is a covered bandstand with views of London, etc.
We also now understand the somewhat confusing circular geography of the park, and we can now say that we will meet at the park cafe, at 11 o'clock. This is the only cafe, and it is straight up the hill from the London Road entrance, more or less in the centre of the park. See map here:
We found the London overground train ride very satisfactory going from Highbury and Islington and other stops along its journey to Croydon. The train stop is Forest Hill. The Horniman is a five to ten minute walk from Forest Hill station. Alternatively, there is a route from Waterloo, take the Jubilee line to Canada Water, then Overground to Forest Hill Station. When you get off the train you use the footbridge over the tracks to get to the correct road (London Road) and it is an easy and short walk to the Museum.(At Canada Water make sure you get on the train with the correct destination, Crystal Palace as there is more than one route.)
Entrance to the main Museum is free, there is a charge for the aquarium, butterfly house, special exhibitions.
We look forward to seeing you on this sketchdate. Sue's number for the day is 07975 864142.