London is my birth town and where I have spent the majority of my life since.
Most of me adores it, some of me is frustrated with it, in conflict. I think that happens to everyone when they stay somewhere long enough. The rose tinted glasses come off and the good things start to fade covered by the nitty gritty of life’s annoyances. But then when I’m away from it long enough, I realise I take it for granted and there are so many good things that can keep one occupied for days if not weeks. Love it or hate it, I’m lucky to have it!
Over the years I have made a conscious effort to indulge in London. I live in a suburb in south London and rather than have to travel to the city for work, I do most of my bread and butter activity locally or from home. I hate the ‘rat race’ and commuting so this also means I have to put a few hours aside and travel in especially to enjoy all it has to offer. I love how comfortably multicultural it is, the hustle and bustle and the attack on the senses, yet if it gets too much you can go and laze in one of the many beautiful parks within a few minutes.
Last week we planned to go specifically to see the poppies at the Tower of London and whilst there we had a bite to eat in Chinatown and wandered round aimlessly taking in the vibe. I love this city for that, so much to see and do just roaming the streets!
We got off the tube at Green Park. Although officially the summer ended some time ago, the weather has mostly been glorious the last few weeks and mixed with the autumnal tones is stunning. No wonder the deck chairs are still out! Ok, So it wasn’t sunny on this particular day but was still dry and mild.
We made our way down Piccadilly and spotted a sweet little market in St James’s Church yard. I have never heard of or seen this before so it was a nice way to spend 10 mins nosing at people’s proud works of art and quirky antiques.
We wandered down past the Ritz and Fortnum & Mason, admiring all the window displays and the posh-nosh offerings in little restaurants and deli’s.
Then we hit Piccadilly Circus where we caught a couple of guys ‘street jamming’ as I like to call it – not just regular busking!
We then wandered onto Covent Garden, one of my favourite places to hang out and nose at arts and crafts I probably won’t buy, or have a lightening idea I can make them myself 🙂 smell the huge paella cooking downstairs or mooch round the little shops
Although I did buy one of those rose soaps last year for a Christmas present and apparently it’s lovely and well worth the purchase. I definitely can’t make those, nor will I try!
Covent Garden is famous for the street entertainment, not always to everyone’s taste but if you wander round the corner you will always find something else. The acoustic guitarist was a nice break from magic tricks or juggling with chainsaws!
We spotted a London bus beautifully painted in commemoration of the Centenary.
Finally onto the Tower of London. You can read my ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, Where Angels Fear to Tread’ post here.
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