London, baby!

Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Lion

My daughter and I took a little trip. It was a heady mix of excitement, fun, sore feet, poignant memories, ballet and food. This post is a veritable photo bomb, so continue reading only if you posses extreme picture viewing fortitude.

royal ballet school and opera house

Covent Garden. Above: the bridge that joins the Royal Ballet School to the Opera House. Below: bronze of a little dancer opposite the Opera House.

little dancer

We stayed in Covent Garden; we saw Bill Nighy in the street in Covent Garden; we like Covent Garden.

Neal’s Yard:

Neal's Yard

Covent Garden tube station

the moomin shop

Quirky streets: Brydges Place is the narrowest alleyway in London, measuring just 15 inches across where it comes out beside The Coliseum theatre.

Brydges Place

This one had fun shops:

Cucumber Alley

Self-indulgent memory alert: Freed was one of the last places I visited before leaving London many years ago. It was to buy a pair of shoes to teach in rather than to dance in, after my body had crumbled… A much happier, sunnier day is shown below, for us if not the staff; there was an angry man in there trying to buy many pairs of shoes in sizes they didn’t have. It was all very dramatic.


Beautiful Blochs:

Bloch ballet shoes

I don’t get the blue cock (that is what it’s called) in Trafalgar Square. I’ve read the various excuses explanations for it and they don’t make sense, it’s like a blue joke in an otherwise dignified play… but it is photogenic, so my dislike is not total:

blue cocrel in Trafalgar Square

But I prefer the mermaids:


We saw Kings of the Dance at The Coliseum. They were phenomenal, but of course, no photos, other than this pre-show one:

The Coliseum theatre, London

The bar sold chocolate. Just thought I would mention because that impressed me. Right, high heeled boots are abandoned in favour of Bloch dance trainers (an emergency purchase) and on we go. Shakespeare in Leicester Square:

Shakespeare in Leicester Square 

M&M store:

M&M store

Piccadilly Circus:

Piccadilly Circus Chinatown:

Chinatown, London

Year of the Horse:

Year of the horse

Wong Kei, formerly the ‘rudest restaurant in London’ (still quite curt and bossy to be honest), and a haunt of my youth due to the excellent and cheap food:

Wong Kei, London

The jasmine tea is free and unlimited, just leave the lid of your pot open and it will be replaced.

jasmine tea at Wong Kei

British Museum:

British Museum ceiling

This iron age helmet was found in the River Thames beside Waterloo Bridge. I want one.

horned helmet, British museum

Naked statues in Soho Square:

Naked statues in Soho Square

And finally (I promise), The London Eye. My camera really doesn’t do night.

The London Eye

London Eye

Well done. One and all.

19 thoughts on “London, baby!

  1. The Lad and I loved your photos, Ailish. You’ve heightened our desire to go back to the U.K soon (he’s never been, so that would be quite the experience for a seven-year-old). “She’s good at convincing her reader,” he told me just now. He’s a fan of old architecture, buildings, and statues, as well as ballet, so this hit all the right notes. And ah, you’ve made me miss London!

  2. Yes, ‘London, baby’ was a mind mantra for me too!

    Diane, it was Lucy above who made me miss London with tales of her trip. Such inspiration leads on to good things, I hope you get to go soon 🙂

  3. Lovely photos! There are many venues here that I have frequented. Not in my youth, but patiently waiting for my daughter to finish her dance lessons. I used to see how many people, in an anonymous city, would return a smile when offered one 🙂

  4. So much fun to see London through your camera lens. Thank you for the quick escape vacation (Cucumber Alley and the Blue Rooster made me smile)

  5. These are brilliant photos! I’ve just finished my first year living here, and I’ve found it quite easy to get disenchanted with the city. This reminds to keep looking and seeing and experiencing it, rather than always rushing my way through it.

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