Liverpool Street Station arrives flat-packed, instructions enclosed. At point A, where the main escalator run-off intersects the natural course of left-right of Essex commuters, cut along the dotted line between the confectionary and jewellery stallls until
i. the departure board
ii. the monitor at platform 5, and
iii. the frontage of WHSmith
are in perfect alignment. Next use the 6mm screws, included, to secure the taxi rank (which is in fact a purely notional location) to the original site of the Bethlehem Hospital (signalled by plaque). Open flap C. This is denoted by a slight scuff on the paving towards the City, first caused by the errant trainer of an off-duty pizza delivery boy. This scar takes you home directly.
Ponti’s on Bishopsgate is open 24hrs. Purveyors of cheeseburgers (£3) and assorted ciabatta constructions. Once, returning from King’s Cross by bus at 3am, I ordered a burger and chips, but realising I had no cash to pay disappeared suddenly into the night. The time it takes the staff at Ponti’s to deliver their famous cheeseburger is roughly equivalent to the time needed to walk half-way up New Road (adjacent), turn left into Rose Alley, deposit five pints’ worth on the wall, and return. These are approximate calculations and may require further study.