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…
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.
I stepped back out onto Oxford Street with wall-to-wall people. It was close to 80 degrees and sunny–hot for London.
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).
Selfridges is very similar to Macys in NYC.
Off of Oxford Street is Strafford Place where I could sit for a few minutes and I stumbled upon where Van Buren once lived.
I turned off of Oxford and onto exclusive Bond street and I saw Mick Jagger in a window.
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.
Costa is my coffee go-to place in London and it was now time for a cup.
After Bond Street I starting walking toward Marble Arch to enter Hyde Park, where The Who is in concert tonight.
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.
The red phone booths are now retro…
This guy is ready for the show…
Unfortunately, by the time The Who takes the stage, it will be far too late for me.
The field near the entrance was already beginning to fill up, where people can hear the whole concert for free.
A few people up in the air have a great view of the stage.
Leaving Hyde Park, and close to Marble Arch, is a 30 meter horse’s head, one of many signature sculptures by Nic Fiddian-Green.