Up West

In two short spells today, I hoed the gravel on the back drive, after which I scanned another dozen of the Streets of London series of colour slides from April 2004.

Chandos St

This corner of Chandos St probably linked with Cavendish Place. I wonder how long it took the woman in the red coat to cross the busy road.

Great Portland St

Great Portland Street, which runs between Oxford Street and Euston Road,  is not far away. I wonder how many imitations there are of the famous Carlsberg slogan, ‘Probably the best lager in the world’.

I have written in Loos Of London

Lincoln's Inn Fields 1Lincoln's Inn Fields 2

of my experiences of Lincoln’s Inn Fields,

Portsmouth St

and the link with Portsmouth Street’s famous Old Curiosity Shop.

Gtreat Newport St 1Great Newport St 2

Charing Cross Road, which links with Great Newport Street, is world famous for its second-hand bookshops, one of which is seen above. The street cleaner has pretty up-market equipment.

Upper St Martin's Lane

Upper St Martin’s Lane contains a number of theatres and eating places.

Gerrard St

Wardour St

Gerrard St has also featured in a number of posts such as ‘Meandering Through Soho’. During our residence in the 1970s, the 2004 Chinese-influenced street furniture did not exist. That same post also features ‘Les Miserables’ on Shaftesbury Avenue at the corner of Wardour Street.

James St

Wild Court

James St. and Wild Court are thriving Covent Garden thoroughfares.

Ian and I watched the highlights of the third day of the Oval Test Match. England were all out for 149, and, following on, were 203 for 6 at the close. For those who would like to know, teams are asked to take their second innings immediately after the first, when they have not scored enough runs. On this occasion, England were way short. It won’t take long to finish the game tomorrow.

We had originally been booked into the Lymington Tapas bar on Becky’s birthday, the 19th. Neither Ian nor I were fit for it so it had been deferred until this evening. Now none of us is well enough to do it justice, so we had a takeaway delivered by Spice of India. My choice of the excellent repast was tender lamb vindaloo and special fried rice. We shared crisp poppadoms, onion bhajis, and salad. Ian and I drank Cobra beer, Jackie Hoegaarden, and Becky rose wine.

Published by derrickjknight

I am an octogenarian enjoying rambling physically and photographing what I see, and rambling in my head as memories are triggered. I also ramble through a lifetime's photographs. In these later years much rambling is done in a car.

25 thoughts on “Up West

  1. I wish you all a speedy recovery. It’s such a drag to be unwell.

    You reminded me that I’d missed the bookshop while I was in London. Pity; I loved the book AND the movie; that’s rare.

  2. It’s great to see the old curiosity shop hasn’t changed since I last flatted in London. I always marvelled at how much shorter people were back then (I couldn’t get through the door without stooping)

  3. Uh-oh, another “L” word … lamb. We just never ate lamb in Canada, so it was a huge shock to the taste buds when a plate of roast lamb was smacked down in front of us as our first meal in Australia. We all went to bed hungry.

    Get better, soon.

  4. I visit London frequently and must say – this is very refreshing looking at it through your eyes. The photos would not be much without your comments changing my perspective on them.
    I have been retracing my childhood journeys recently. It is always shocking when a one-time church or bank used is now apartments or just a wreck.

      1. Not far. We came to the forest because we love it. I have Mum and sister in West End, brother in Eastleigh; Jackie has sisters in Walkford and Poulner

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