Memories and images of London – Part 2

London has so many iconic and wonderful images, some are in Part 1, but let me share some more with you.

Underground sign for tube station

Underground sign for tube station

The distinctive sign for all train stations on what is locally called ‘The Tube’ (London Underground) looks like this…

(Okay, so the photo quality isn’t that great on some of these as they were taken from my handphone, but you get the picture).

Bicycles for hire

Bicycles for hire

Now since I’ve been away from London a new, similar, image has sprung up – ‘Cycle Hire’ and it looks like this…

Its nice to see the old traditional style phone boxes are still dotted around London, even though most people have mobile phones these days.

If you have ever played the English version of ‘Monopoly’ you will know that the most expensive location on this board game is Mayfair and the second dearest is Park Lane.

Well here is a ‘modest’ Park Lane hotel that might explain why it costs so much – just look at all those flowers and kinky plants they have to maintain!

A hotel full of flowers

A hotel full of flowers

Below is the Tower of London where the Crown Jewels are kept.

Tower of London

Tower of London

It was built over 900 years ago and stands alongside the River Thames next to Tower Bridge.

Over the many years it has acted as the Royal Mint, a prison and a place where executions took place.  It is believed to be haunted by ghosts.

A small number of people actually live inside the Tower and I happen to know that there is a bar inside that serves these residents and occasional visitors.

I was told an interesting snippet of information… if the people living inside the Tower order something like a fridge to be delivered, they always get curious looks when they give their address as ‘Tower of London’ and the delivery van has to go through strict security before delivering the items.

Well, given that the Crown Jewels are kept inside the Tower I’m not surprised that security is tight.  They actually perform a big daily ceremony called The Ceremony of the Keys – to make sure that the Jewels are kept safe.

Trafalgar Square at dusk

Trafalgar Square at dusk

Here is a picture of the National Portrait Gallery behind the fountains in Trafalgar Square at dusk..

And below you can see the inside of the bus going to Piccadilly Circus which is only a few minutes walk from Trafalgar Square.  In fact, in central London, it’s often quicker to walk to the next tube station than to take the train – if you know where you are going, of course.

Inside the bus to Piccadilly Circus

Inside the bus to Piccadilly Circus

This is because to get on the tube you often need to go down a long way on the escalator…

Escalators going down to the tube

Escalators going down to the tube

I took some of these pictures when I went to London a couple of years ago near Christmas time.

A Christmas view from Piccadilly Circus

A Christmas view from Piccadilly Circus

I remember standing in Piccadilly Circus looking at the Christmas decorations in Lower Regent Street for this picture.

Earlier in the day I had eaten in an Indonesian restaurant with my parents.  It has since closed down, but I hear that there is a restaurant in Shaftesbury Avenue called Bali Bali… I’ll go there next time I’m in London.

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