This past Sunday the roommates and I took an early train out of Epping; our first stop was Covent Garden. The indoor/outdoor street fair was the birthplace of Punch & Judy. The garden has a long history as a center for theatrical arts and continues to keep it alive with its many street performers and the Royal Opera House. Afterwards we shipped off to the South Bank, I crossed the Hungerford footbridge over the River Thames and had the chance to see the London Eye, some more eclectic street performers and Big Ben off in the distance. I think I will be going back there next weekend to spend some more time in the Jubilee Garden and check out Saatchi Gallery.
Then, making the most of our day passes on the tube, we pushed onward to check out Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus. The underground stations are clean and pretty easy to navigate. We took an after dinner break around the statue of Eros in the center of Piccadilly Circus.
A photo-tribute to a solid Jens Lekman song:
now at the central station
no time for being patient
I feel like going home
but at the same time I don’t
black cab, black cab
Yeah, the cabs here are classic looking and black. Also, they drive like mad- at least I think they do; it’s possible that I am just still getting used to driving left / passing right.
If you are looking for a Berenice Abbott portrait of James Joyce, an Eve Arnold of Queen Elizabeth II; from Avedon to Stuart to Zichy… all of your portrait needs can pretty much be found in the National Portrait Gallery. I didn’t get a chance to fully explore the galleries due to a rather large Korean contingent that had been gathered in the area for some event appropriately called Sparkling Korea.
The gallery itself is a rather impressive building.
Famous people that are in the area right now:
David Cross, Joe Cocker, Scissor Sisters, Peter Gabriel, Motörhead, Lionel Richie, Bryan Adams, Beyoncé, Dolly Parton, Al Green, Beirut, Blondie, Bon Jovi, Bright Eyes, Devo, Elvis Costello, Gipsy Kings, Kasabian, Lilly Allen, Lou Reed, The Roots, Seal, Ted Leo, and The Who.
I have seen none of these people, but the air is thick with their presence.
Anyone want to make a return trip with me on December 7th for a UB40 concert at Wembley?
or… if Red, Red Wine is not your scene- you can join me for my very own festival at the Tower of London.
Justin’s Summer Picnic Party features performances by Barney the purple dinsoaur and Pingu, Antarctica’s most mischievous penguin.
Flanked by such acts as Elvis Costello, Gipsy Kings, Seal, Joe Cocker, James Morrison, and Paul Anka himself… I feel disgraced to share my name with this joke of a Summer Picnic Party.