London Walk 6: Trafalgar Square to Green Park
From WC2 to Soho to Mayfair - and home!
(Photos/words © urban75, 20th January, 2007)
Walking up from Trafalgar Square, grabbing a coffee at Foyles and through posh Mayfair to Green Park.
Trafalgar Square in the winter sun.
Taking a photo, Trafalgar Square.
Waiting for the camera to click, Trafalgar Square.
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square.
This guy's great. Billed as 'The Singing Handyman,' he drives around London singing over 1950s tracks which blare out from his bubble-producing van.
Spooky CCTV car. There's actually two officers in there - I didn't see them until after I'd taken the picture and they definitely did not look happy!
The site of the workshops of the famous cabinet maker, Thomas Chippendale on St Martin's Lane. The plaque on the wall states that the premises were used by Chippendale and his sons from 1753 to 1813.
Inside Ray's Jazz record store, inside Foyles on Charing Cross Road.
Right next to the record store is Ray's Jazz cafe, offering free wi-fi, good music and the coffee ain't bad either!
Illuminated sign at the top of Centrepoint.
Street stall selling football scarves, Oxford Street. But there were no Cardiff City scarves to be seen. Grrr!
Liberty department store, Great Malborough Street.
Once part of the adjacent Liberty store, the Clachan pub on 34 Kingly Street sports a remarkably ornate Victorian facade. The pub's well worth a visit too.
Old fashioned K6 telephone boxes near Saville Row, Mayfair. The K6 was designed to commemorate the silver jubilee of King George V and was first seen in 1935.
The Royal Arcade at 28 Old Bond Street, in the ultra-upmarket Mayfair.
The Charbonnel & Walker store to the left is so posh it sells individually numbered chocolates!
View inside the Royal Arcade at 28 Old Bond Street.
Piccadilly by Green Park at night.
Closed after making international news revealing that former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko was possibly poisoned by the radioactive agent polonium 210 here, the Itsu sushi bar on Piccadilly has tried to put a positive PR spin on events.
The restaurant window now sports a James Bond graphic and - rather bizarrely - boasts that, "an international espionage incident has transformed this Itsu into a world famous meeting place..."
I guess that's one way of describing a radioactive restaurant.
Green Park tube sign. I like Green Park - it must be one of the very few tube stations that has an exit leading directly into a park.