I’ve told you all how much I love London already, so I’ll save that for another time!
Here are some pictures from my recent trip, when I stayed in the uber-chic Kensington district of west London.
The reason why I love London is probably how photogenic is the city. I love how – on a sunny day – the light shines on the white Georgian townhouses, making it one bright spectacle. What I don’t like about London is the fact that I don’t actually live there.
Flashing back to a fresh 8am stroll through London’s Kensington district. The major benefit of jet lag is being able to experience the peace and quiet of a major city before the crowds wake up… making me feel like this moment of London was just for me!
For a day filled with sightseeing, I opted for Zara comfy boots, my leather leggings from Jane Norman, a vintage hat perfect if the rain starts and an elegant red coat. I love wearing a bright colored coat for spring – especially in London to contrast all the blacks and grays! I’m convinced it also helped the sun come out!
OK.. ok… maybe not but I still love it anyway!
The first day we caught the tube from Earl’s Court to the city center. We get off at Piccadilly Tube Station and walk to one of my favorite squares in the heart of London – Piccadilly Circus. We passed through the Burlington Arcade, Britain’s first shopping arcade, opened in 1819. Is said to have been built to stop passersby throwing oyster shells into Burlington House. Built in 1664, Burlington House is the last of the grand houses that once lined Piccadilly.
Piccadilly Circus is famous for the fountain that was installed here at the end of the nineteenth century and for the neon advertising that turned the square into a miniature version of Times Square. Look for a while at the current McDonald’s sign and you will see it is designed to be interacted with. You can photo yourself with an umbrella or bowler hat, among other fun images. It’s a fun way to send a ‘postcard’ back home from the very center of London.
The Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain stands in the center of the square and has a seminude statue on top representing the God Greek of love and beauty – Eros. This angel is the London icon. Nearby stand some of London‘s best theatres. Behind the Eros statue you’ll find the entrance to the Criterion Theatre, a 600-seater built entirely underground, where Dr. Watson first heard of Sherlock Holmes. Just up Shaftesbury Avenue are the Piccadilly Theatre, Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue, Apollo Piccadilly, Palace Theatre and Queen’s Theatre amongst others. On the west side at No. 1 Piccadilly is a giant music megastore, whilst sports enthusiasts can pick up some bargains at Lillywhite’s – that has been selling sports goods since 1863 in Haymarket. At the corner of Piccadilly Circus and The Haymarket we took some pictures with another famous statue – The Four Bronze Horses of Helios.
Piccadilly Circus is now partly pedestrianized and a favorite place for people to congregate before going shopping. Soho, Chinatown, Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square are all within walking distance. It’s status as a major traffic junction has made Piccadilly Circus a busy meeting place and a tourist attraction in its own right.
After we did some shopping at ‘Cool Britannia’, the coolest and biggest souvenirs store in London and UK located exactly in Piccadilly Circus, we walked to Leicester Square. There we couldn’t miss M&M’s World – the major attraction where all visitors are provided with a fun and interactive experience. About my two hours experience in this amazing shop I will tell you in another post!
Enjoy the photos!
| Coat: Esprit | Leather leggings: Jane Norman| Black Turtleneck : Zara | Boots: Zara | Hat: Vintage|