Greetings from London

I worked a flight to London, so I was up all night chasing the sun. When we landed and I was on the way to the hotel, it was 8am and the height of Friday rush hour, standstill traffic.  By the time I walked into my guestroom, I had been up for 21 hours. I fell asleep and got up at 3:00pm…uh oh….Lassco is open until 5:00pm and I had to walk to the tube, buy my one-day ticket, take the tube to Bond Street, change to the line that takes me to London Bridge and then walk a few blocks to Lassco. I would have arrived at just about closing time, so I decided to postpone Lassco until my next London trip in a couple of weeks.

So instead, I went walking for several hours…

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First, I stopped in Marks & Spencer on Oxford Street. I always head straight to the food market, purchase something to eat, and stop to admire the fresh flowers. Today, they had lots of pink peonies.

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I stepped back out onto Oxford Street with wall-to-wall people. It was close to 80 degrees and sunny–hot for London.

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As I navigated through the sidewalk traffic, I stopped in Selfridges; it was jammed with customers due to the huge sales taking place (but this store and Oxford Street are ALWAYS crowded).

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Selfridges is very similar to Macys in NYC.

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Off of Oxford Street is Strafford Place where I could sit for a few minutes and I stumbled upon where Van Buren once lived.

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I turned off of Oxford and onto exclusive Bond street and I saw Mick Jagger in a window.

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Old Bond Street meets New Bond Street; this is where a statue of Roosevelt and Churchill sit chatting on a bench with just enough space between them for someone to sit and have their photo taken.

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Costa is my coffee go-to place in London and it was now time for a cup.

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After Bond Street I starting walking toward Marble Arch to enter Hyde Park, where The Who is in concert tonight.

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On all of my London trips, I always end up at Marble Arch because it’s near my hotel. Luckily, the closest entrance to Hyde Park where The WHO is playing is right at Marble Arch.

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The red phone booths are now retro…

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This guy is ready for the show…

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Unfortunately, by the time The Who takes the stage, it will be far too late for me.

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The field near the entrance was already beginning to fill up, where people can hear the whole concert for free.

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Tickets please…

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A few people up in the air have a great view of the stage.

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Leaving Hyde Park, and close to Marble Arch, is a 30 meter horse’s head, one of many signature sculptures by Nic Fiddian-Green.

 

 

 

 

 

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