Viking Exhibition at the British Museum I made my way down Shaftesbury Avenue, heading towards Seven Dials, where I remembered there was an old ship's chandlery.
Arthur Beale had been a bit tatty when I first moved to London, and that was many years ago now, and so I did wonder if it would still be there or had been blown away by harsh commercial realities.
I was delighted to find out it was still there and then, shortly after, discover it had been taken over by a group including Alasdair of the Sumara of Weymouth blog.
They'd sailed up to Jan Mayen, an island I long to be able to visit, north of where Tristan and I went for our Arctic sail, and the climbed the mighty Beerenberg with Siggi, who I sailed to Greenland with last year.
So after my walk to Greenwich I thought I'd check out what their plans were for this institutions, and it sounded very exciting.
I'd only poked around the book section previously and Alasdair showed me all over, including the basement that had an impressive and authentic looking workshop:
But the idea seemed great: a shop for sailors and explorers run by sailors and explorers, with character and history, right in the heart of the city.
Can't wait to pop in again and discover what new expeditions, big and small, it has helped on their way.