Three - Another Circus, Notting Hill, Soho, Kensington Gardens and Palace
Another day, another notable circus, this time Oxford
Circus, which is further north on Regent street and somewhat less
of a draw than Piccadilly. We browesd some of the shops and stumbled
upon a nice little cafe called Le
Pain Quotidien, which turns out to be a very large chain worldwide.
Nevertheless, it was a nice place for lunch and I very much enjoyed
my mango salad.
The Streets of Soho
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The Kengsington Palace
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From there, we moved on to Soho and
dominated by shopping, street performers and entertainment facilities galore.
Next a quick tube shoot out to Notting
Hill where we visited some of the nicer residential areas for
which it's known. We strolled through some neighborhoods and out into
the shopping district, but with no sign of Anna
Scott, we continued onward to the Kensignton
is famous to generations of British schoolchildren as
the setting of J.M. Barrie's
Pan in Kensington Gardens, a prelude to the character's famous adventures
We took a gander at the Kensignton
the official residence of The Duke and Duchess
of Gloucester ; the Duke and Duchess
of Kent ; and Prince and Princess
Michael of Kent, before continuing on through the Diana
Pricess of Wales Memorial Playground, an impressive free playground that
70,000 children each year.
We exited the park and ran right into a parkside pub called The Swan,
so we stopped for a pint of John
Smith's Extra Smooth and enjoyed a break from a long day of exploring.
Being in the area already, we thought we might locate the hotel we'd
be staying at for the last stage of our trip, so we walked over to
but before we could find it we ran into the Duke
of Kendall and decided
to stop for dinner.
It was getting late, so we decided to give up the hotel hunt and instead
head toward the Marble
Arch, less out of interest in the Arch itself, but rather due
to its proximity to the Underground station of the same name.
One last pint of Discovery at Blackbird's Pub back in Earl's Court
and our first leg of the holiday was complete.