Friday, January 29, 2021

London from the Marble Arch to Jubilee Market

Starting a little north of our previous path through London, we take a walk from the Marble Arch at the northeast corner of Hyde Park (where someone has set up a ping pong table) down Oxford Street, checking out the fabulous windows at Marks & Spencer and Selfridge & Co.

 Marble Arch ping pong

Store windows

Walking south from Oxford Street, through the affluent Mayfair district, we find great examples of London city architecture.


From there, it's a short walk to Regent Street and Piccadilly Circus, one of London's most popular meeting places, built in 1819 to connect Regent Street with Picadilly, now a major traffic junction linking to theaters, shopping, and entertainment districts

 Regent Street, Picadilly Circus

From there, it's 1/2 mile (3/4 km) or so over to Trafalgar Square (which we also passed through on our previous stroll), which is filled with street musicians
 entertaining the crowds strolling through the city.

 Street musicians

Another ten to fifteen minute walk bring us to Jubilee Market in Covent Garden, built in 1904 and restored in 1985.  Goods used to be delivered to the market on ponies direct from the docks and the building now features a wide variety of arts and crafts and, downstairs, a string ensemble entertaining us.

 Jubilee Market

String quintet

We've traveled a slightly more northern route through London and found markets and music to provide entertainment by which to view and enjoy the city.

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