Sunday, 16 March 2014

A London Visit

Hello, Isn't this weather gorgeous?  Just about perfect really!

Yesterday I took a trip to London to visit Eldest daughter as she's moved flats recently and I hadn't seen her new place yet.  We decided to meet at Covent Garden and have a wander first, so I started with a stroll across Waterloo Bridge.

Looking East there seem to be cranes everywhere.  I read that many more skyscrapers are planned in the next few years.  I suppose the best we can hope for is that they're not as hideously ugly as the "Walkie Talkie" in the centre of the picture.  (The one that was melting cars last summer.)

On to Covent Garden where we wandered round the shops and craft stalls in the Jubilee Market and enjoyed the street entertainers.  Not many photos as it's hard not to include a sea of faces!

Pretty Laduree macaron shop, with stunning chandelier 

Pearly Kings and Queens collecting for charity.

Then on to the Seven Dials area, full of lots of small interesting shops and the amazingly colourful Neal's Yard. 

This sign caught my eye.  Apparently there was a hardware store here until very recently, owned by 7 generations of the same family, all named Fred Collins!

Finally, back to Shepherd's Bush where Daughter's flat is near the market.  It's a great location for tubes and buses and home to a very diverse range of cultures, so all sorts of exotics on the stalls and shops.  With a funfair on the Green and a packed Irish pub spilling out into the sunshine it seemed to have a great atmosphere.

All in all a lovely, but tiring day out.