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Journey Through North London - a Poem and Photographs

I started writing poetry as a child. I write performance poetry, observational, sometimes humorous, sometimes serious human rights issues

My Poem Describes My Trip Through Just a Small Part of London

The idea was to give a flavor of a very localized area, incorporating a little local history with a little local geography.


The poem was written to be read and performed to local communities who know and would recognize the roads, landmarks and shops along the way, but I think it might also appeal to a wider audience, particularly with the amount of interest focused on London recently because of Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee, Brexit and local politics.

Crouch End Clock Tower, North London

Crouch End Clock Tower, North London

Here it is: Journey Through North London

Just a little local tour


Late again.

Food on teeshirt -

Back inside to sponge it clean;

Button cardi to hide wet blob.

Dash to car,

plan route based on direction car is facing,

to avoid a three-point turn.

Choose longer scenic route to avoid steep hill -

Car, like me, is old and doesn't pull.

Drive past my dentist - ugh - tooth out tomorrow,


Up past converted church, now Gothic flats

(erstwhile venue of dib-dibbing Brownie packs).

Scrabble round to find pink lipstick. Put it on.

Don't do that - akin to talking on mobile phone.

Alexandra Park -

City of London spread below,

sparkling with little shards of sunlight.

Past the audio shop where I sold my speakers

for more than expected - nice people.

Past the Pool where I sometimes swim

and once did a marathon for charity - couldn't do that now.

Into Crouch End where I used to work

(overlooking the Clock Tower before they

took away the public loo).

Up to Church Studios -

what do all these abandoned houses of God

say about religious belief?

One of my best friends is a Christian.

No matter.

Park on a double yeller,

tumble out with my bags,

stumble into the waiting embrace

of Kwame the perky parking warden.

(c) By Diana Grant

Converted Methodist Church in Alexandra Park Road where the Brownies Group used to be held

Converted Methodist Church in Alexandra Park Road where the Brownies Group used to be held

What Made You Read This Page?

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Here Are Some More Views of North London

It's actually a very photogenic area, with lots of listed buildings and, being high up, lots of lovely views.

A London Bus Passing the Old Odeon Cinema in Muswell Hill, a North London Suburb

A London Bus Passing the Old Odeon Cinema in Muswell Hill, a North London Suburb

A Romantic View Across the Carpark of Tescos in Colney Hatch Lane, North London - A Startling Sunset.

A Romantic View Across the Carpark of Tescos in Colney Hatch Lane, North London - A Startling Sunset.

Licorice-All-Sorts Used to Be Made in North London

The most famous Licorice-All-Sorts are made by Barretts Sweet Factory, which used to be in Wood Green, North London, not far from Alexandra Palace.

The sweet factory has now been transformed into a gigantic arts studio, called The Chocolate Factory, where many different types of artisan, from artists to sculptors and crafters, can hire a studio, short-term or long-term. There's also a cafe there, and regular public exhibitions and performances.

Licorice All Sorts


London Calling - Sung by The Clash

This punk rock song has retained its popularity over the years, but still has a slightly nostalgic quality.

They don't make them like that any more (some might say "Good", but not me - I love it).

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© 2012 Diana Grant

Do leave a comment here - It's good to get feedback and know who has visited my "Journey Through North London"

John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on December 22, 2016:

Diana, I enjoyed the poem which gave a personalized account of travelling through London. As someone who has never been there I found it interesting, however I imagine people who are familiar with the city could relate more.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on December 20, 2016:

Diana, you are wonderful, loved your poem, it could about Anywhere in an area Anywhere, but from your pictures I can see that London is beautiful. Wonderful videos.

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on March 19, 2013:

I loved your photos and poem. It's nice to see a "local's" take on any big event!

Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on March 19, 2013:

really enjoyed your poem - felt like I was right there with you when I read it

Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on September 03, 2012:

@greenspirit: So you know what I'm talking about - glad you recognize it!

poppy mercer from London on September 03, 2012:

I've just been walking around the landscape of your poem...Been to the dentist across from the Woodman by Highgate Tube (very good bloke), and picked up a long lost book that Ripping Yarns sourced for me...hurrah; one good thing outweighs a host of ills!

Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on July 31, 2012:

@David Stone1: Yes, I love Covent Garden, especially the open air entertainment and craft markets.

I thought the Olympic opening ceremony would be good, but it exceeded all my expectations, and I was spellbound - brought tears of pride to my eyes.

David Stone from New York City on July 30, 2012:

I love London â was there this spring â and although we're more Covent Garden types, I saw this as an invitation to spread our wings northward on the next visit.

Good luck with the Olympics. I hope they're going as well as they seem to be on television here.

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