John & Anne Wiley

2018/11/30

London Night

 

Following kind and tireless Andrea’s excellent nose, after the Wolseley cream tea gathering she took her guy (our Berlin friend) Wolfgang and us on a quick West End walking tour. As daylight softened we started out with a look at Picadilly Circus.

182131 Picadilly Times

182131 Picadilly Times

Andrea firmly disagreed with Wolfgang’s assertion that this is London’s equivalent to NYC’s Times Square. It has that giant wraparound TV sign, and people sitting on the central steps are similar to the NYC bleachers I suppose.

185353 Step "Bleacher"

185353 Step “Bleacher”

Luckily for us, that disagreement launched our night whirlwind tour because Andrea claimed Trafalgar is London’s NYC T. Square equivalent.

191817 Stately Times

191817 Stately Times

Trafalgar Square is much bigger than Picadilly and has hosted some massive crowds, so while lacking the NYC glitz its historic grandeur is perhaps a more British equivalent. From there she led us through Leicester Square, with its own unique flavor and night population.

192947 Leicester Square

192947 Leicester Square

Next we paused this quick walk with an introductory glance at Chinatown in this city of the world.

193447 London "Chinatown"

193447 London “Chinatown”

A few steps away, the totally different setting where we passed the Queen’s theater and the Gielgud.

193552 Theatre District

193552 Theatre District

Entering the heart of Soho nearby offers its own unique and quite different variety of entertainments.

193907 Soho Streets

193907 Soho Streets

I was intrigued by that tall curved “containment” fence in the distance, presumably to protect what’s beneath but adding to the potential for an ominous perspective. Moments later we saw on the left side of the street a storefront “Addiction” sign and on the right an offering of “Remedies.”

194048 Addiction Remedies

194048 Addiction Remedies

With another part of this big adventure looming in the morning, we picked up the pace even more heading back to the hotel for a morning train. Here’s a last look at a relatively quiet street where signs encouraged folk to enjoy business as usual.

194355 Folk Business As Usual

194355 Folk Business As Usual

 

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