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London - such a good time!

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

I’ve just spent few days working in central London. I used to live on the edge of London and visited often. These working trips are always hard work but there is also time to walk around my old haunts – visit a few restaurants (oh-oh!) that I know. Generally to enjoy being there in fact. I wouldn’t live in London again but I love the buzz and always come away feeling energized.

This particular restaurant is decorated to resemble an opera venue - it even has theatre boxes which you can eat in. It is full of all sorts of weird and wonderful opera memorabilia and later in the evening some of the students from Covent Garden Opera House come and sing arias to entertain the diners.

I spent some time in Covent Garden Market where there are some really talented craftspeople selling their wares and some excellent street entertainment.

Musicians playing some great classical music and responding to each other’s playing with little dances.

Some living statues – this golden man truly had no visible means of support as he sat – hour after hour apparently suspended in mid air. One tourist walked all round him taking a video and even took some film from underneath him in an attempt to solve the mystery. To no avail however. All the children thought it was magic and I began to think they might be right!

There are also beautiful green squares in central London – in particular this one just by our hotel – Russell Square. The square is named after the surname of the family of the Earls and Dukes of Bedford, who developed the family's London landholdings in the 17th and 18th centuries. Russell Square was formed when new streets were laid out by the Duke on the site of the gardens of his former home Bedford House, their London home. He apparently wished to provide a green space for Londoners to enjoy

It also includes a quaint green 'hut' originally established in the late 19th century where taxi drivers (and previously hansom cab and hackney cab drivers) can stop for a comfort break and to heat up food - a place where they know their cab will be safe. There is an attendant to watch out for their cab or indeed to provide food if required. The one in Russell Square is one of thirteen which remain to this day.

So – I walked my socks off along my personal Memory Lane – ate some delicious food which I hope has been compensated for by the walking – and feel much renewed.

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    cool pix

    If I were to go to Europe, it would either be London, Paris or several of the major cities in Italy.
    1859 days ago
    Great pictures! Thanks for sharing. Looks like you had a lovely day xx
    1859 days ago
    I loved pics, even the restaurant! I love those theme restaurants-we have quite a few here in FL. We knew a man who ran a restaurant here and he is from London and he even said he wouldn't live there again! But, sure did enjoy your trip down memory lane! Anytime you want to show us your area of England would be super! emoticon emoticon

    Oh, I forgot to mention the gold guy, sitting there-how in the world did he do that?! emoticon
    1863 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/11/2013 5:13:28 PM
    I enjoyed your day almost as much as you did. Thanks for the great pictures. emoticon
    1866 days ago
  • MARTY728
    EXCELLENT! I enjoyed the blog! I have been to London once decades ago and I enjoyed it then and I must make it back. It will not be for a few years though. My oldest daughter is getting married in April 2014 and I am sure my youngest daughter will not be far behind, so I must save for the weddings. Then I want to tour the entire U.K. Heck, if I can afford it, I may take a month or 2 to do it.

    Loved the pictures also! emoticon
    1866 days ago
    Glad you enjoyed it. Saw the green huts on a tv documentary a while ago but not been to London for a few years. It is a fair distance from leafy Cheshire but on the train it doesn't take too long. Last time I went with some friends we caught the train around 10am and were booked into our hotel and drinking Pimms just off Leicester square by 1.30 pm !
    1866 days ago
  • 3016DEBRA
    Loved the pictures & would love to go back some day! emoticon
    1866 days ago
  • PINKTINK1623
    Glad you enjoyed your time there. My kids were terrified by a living statue we saw on our hols last year bless them...i have to admit it creeps me out a little too lol

    hope you are well emoticon
    1866 days ago
    So glad you now feel revitalized Sonia, love the living statue but confess they give me the creeps if they touch you when you least expect it.
    Russell Square is the home of the National Hospital I attend- you must have passed it LOL, beautiful gardens, lovely for an impromptu pic-nic at lunch time. There's a boozer on a corner there, can't recall the name, where all the dishy doctors hang out, they do a mean sea bass and ragout for lunch emoticon
    1866 days ago
    Thank you for the information. Hope to visit London someday.
    1866 days ago
    emoticon This was a really nice blog - your sentiments were transmitted all the way to the Bahamas.
    1866 days ago
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