Our day in London stated at a little Italian restaurant near the hotel where we got the full English with some real coffee for a very sensible price and all freshly cooked for us, definitely one up on what looked like rubber eggs on the hotel buffet. After enjoying this at leisure we then got a one day ticket for the underground and made our way into Soho. We had brought a complete set of Beatles 33 rpm LPs which we have had for a long time and don’t play anymore. We had been in touch with a business called Sister Ray Records as they had expressed an interest. I think I bought these back in the 70s and believe I might have paid around £30 for the lot then. Anyway we managed to get £100 cash for them because they were in good nick, some pocket money and worth the effort of bringing them over. On our way to find the shop we found Soho Square, which neither of us had ever seen before.
After doing that deal we decided to get the tube out to Knightsbridge so that we could visit Harrods, just out of curiosity as we definitely do not have anymore luggage space. This store is quite stunning and I particularly enjoyed the Food Hall and the wonderful Egyptian Staircase, must have cost a fortune.
The magnificent Food Hall in Harrods.
- The Egyptian Staircase.
We bought ourselves a cup of coffee in their special coffee bar on the lower floor. At £5 per, including a very small biscuit, I was glad it was a large mug and offered with very friendly service.
After we left Harrods we then grabbed another tube to Piccadilly Circus, walked up to Liberty’s and Hamley’s Toys, interesting but very busy. We then went on to Oxford Street and walked along to Selfridges. The place was packed solid and I thought there was a world recession. Of course we had to go in and out of some of the fashion shops on the way, but at least the credit card stayed in the wallet. Selfridges had Harrods beaten hands down in the Christmas decoration stakes. The store itself was bathed in a constantly changing colour wash in pastel shades.
The window displays in this store were the finest we have ever seen, everybody was taking photos and the problem was trying to get a clear window to take pics of.
The golden slipper.
The Ski Boot.
A Xmas train full of toys. Note all of these window displays are snow scenes.
Finally we went back to Leicester Square area so that we could go to China Town and get an early meal. We have booked tickets for the evening performance of Les Miserables. This show was really everything we had been led to believe about it, absolutely tremendous. A great end to our holiday, tomorrow its back to TRNC.
On our way to China town we spotted this police lady on her horse. The horse was so incredibly calm and just standing there whilst a number of police dealt with an incident.
A beautiful animal.