I was lucky to see both Cambridge and Mount Allison friends in London. One day I met up with Kamila and Tania at St. Pancras, and we took the tube to quaint Hampstead. We wandered around the heath, with no real sense of where we were going, though plenty of people still stopped us to ask if we knew how to get to the ladies’ bathing pool. Eventually a kind older man directed us to Kenwood House; because the route involved so many twisty paths and hidden turns, the most helpful of his directions was to call out to us and point with his walking stick when he noticed that up ahead we had failed to make the correct turn.
After finishing lunch in the Kenwood House garden we wandered again through the heath, admiring its rolling hills and grassy expanses. Through a gap in some trees I noticed in the distance a large gathering of people around a big pond, and we realised we had finally discovered the ladies’ bathing pool. Tops optional, men and children not permitted, it looked super civilised, and is clearly a hot spot not to be missed by ladies in the heath! Bathing suit-less, we pressed on, and were rewarded with a wide view of London below the heath.