Westminster 28th March 2017


floppybootstomp

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Today I visited Oxford Streets HMV shop to buy the new Moonlandingz LP on vinyl cos I fancied it. I walked back to Waterloo railway station to get a train home via Regent Street, Carnaby Street, Piccadilly Circus, Pall Mall, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and across Westminster Bridge.

Whenever I walk about anywhere in central London it brings back many many memories, so much time spent here in my youth and then through parenthood and beyond. As I strolled I rattled off a few snaps, my walk took me to where 4 people were murdered by an insane twisted evil being recently.

I saw police officers with guns, to me that's quite an unusual sight but quite understandable.

Pictured here is The London Palladium Theatre where my parents took me to see Tommy Cooper when I was about 8 years old, I saw Victoria Wood there in the 1990s with ex-wife # 2 and in 2000 fitted a sound system in there whilst a rehearsal for Grease was going on. Ok, it was only a sound system for people with hearing aids to pick up the stage sound on a sound loop but hey, it was the Palladium, right?

Carnaby Street has changed, in my opinion it's quite awful now, very commercial selling overpriced togs to tourists. The little specialist tobacco shop has gone. I can remember visiting a mate of mine who was working in a shop here in '69 and the place was buzzing. Now the shop staff are all hanging around bored in empty shops, they are not doing good trade.

There was a posh arcade in Regent Street that used to sell expensive goods but is now closed and all boarded up. I took a snap of a couple having a snog in there, nicely sillouetted. Nope, I'm not a perv, take a look at the pic, I quite like it.

There's a pic taken at Piccadilly Circus with a number 13 bus on it's way to Golders Green - Oy Vey! When I was about 12 or 13 6 of us travelled all around London using Red Rover bus tickets and were at Piccadilly about 10pm. We were 4 boys and 2 girls. The police pulled us up, one fella and one lady copper and expressed concern that we youngsters were out and about in Piccadilly at such a late hour. We, of course, didn't realise the area was rife with naughtiness and villainy.

The officers of the law appealed to us males to safeguard and look after the girls and head home. They appealed to our sense of chivalry so that's what we done. Innocents abroad eh?

I walked across Westminster Bridge, hard to believe what happened not long ago, very sad. I took a pic at Waterloo Station and on that concourse in 1969 was a branch of WH Smith where I bought my very first Captain Beefheart LP 'Safe As Milk'.

The first pic is Oxford Street.

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Pics here of Westminster Bridge, the hospital on the South Bank that saved my life, The old Scotland Yard (where Detective Superintendent Lockhart used to work) Waterloo Station concourse and the place where the IRA blew up MP Airey Neve in the 70's.

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Some cracking photos there Sir Flopps! :thumb:

I know many folk might disagree with me, but one thing I particularly like about Oxford Street, is that it still has a road running through it, with vehicular traffic! I have never seen it in person, but in photos or on video, it reminds me so much of the centre of Cardiff, before it became pedestrianised. There used to be noise, bustle and yeah, traffic fumes too, but it felt as if the place had a heart.

When pedestrianisation happened, instead of hopping on or off busses at convenient stops, close to where one wanted to shop, it was necessary to hike from a not-so-convenient car-park. Then, if the shopping expedition was successful, one would have to lug heavy bags all the way back again.

It is very moving to see so many floral tributes to the folk who so sadly and tragically lost their lives recently. :nod:
 

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It is very moving to see so many floral tributes to the folk who so sadly and tragically lost their lives recently. :nod:
Agreed, the flowers are beautiful.

I always enjoy hearing about London from your point of view @floppybootstomp. I suppose I find the city quite intimidating and busy, but your recollections give it a more human side that I like to hear about :)
 

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Great pics of many well known places. We go down to London at least once a year and we walk - a lot, in fact all over the central area. We never use the tube now as it's so expensive and you do not see the sights. We usually go to a show even though the prices are ridiculous and then there is the added "booking fee" which really makes me mad. :mad:

I agree that Carnaby Street is now very tatty and barely worth a visit. It used to be one of the places to go to many years back. Had a look in there last autumn but won't bother again.

Walked over Westminster Bridge many, many times and now, of course, you think " it could have been me." Very sad. Great floral displays.

Surprised to see empty shops in the centre of London but I imagine that the business rates there are astronomical. Also, can't quite place where that arcade is although I'm sure I will have been along it at some point. :)
 
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Just before the picture of the arcade there's a snap of Regent Street showing where it curves round to Piccadilly Circus. The arcade entrance is literally just round that bend on the left.

Almost opposite in the pic is Vereaswarmys Indian Restaurant at number 99, world famous for its spicy tuck and hidden away behind that in a side street is Saville Row where you can get a posh whistle made to measure (if you're rich).
 
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I got agree with all the above comments, great photo's Mr Flops. I used to go up to London often but haven't been for a while at least 3 or 4 years, trouble is I am a country boy now and don't like crowds any more.
 

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