Friday, 2 July 2010

Weekend Snapshots ~ 6: A Balmy Sunday in the West End

I usually try to do these ‘Weekend Snapshots’ posts on the actual weekend but I wanted to write up my review of the play that we saw last Sunday first.  Some of you might have noticed that posting the review didn’t go too well and I had to delete and repost it more than once on Sunday and Tuesday.  Sorry, I was just having a momentary case of the blogging blues!!

The West End is what most of you will know as the Centre of London and it has all the shops, theatres and major tourist attractions.  It includes Oxford Street, Leicester Square and Covent Garden.  I tend to hang out more in the City or Bankside near London Bridge and Waterloo but the area I really want to spend more time in is the Marylebone and Mayfair areas.  Because 36 hours a week is evidently not enough, my colleagues and I decided to meet up in Leicester Square last Sunday to watch the football and attend a play.

The Odeon - Leicester Square
The Odeon - Leicester Square

One of my favourite places on Leicester Square is the huge Odeon cinema.  You see, that is where it all began as that is where I watched Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire which was so good that I rushed out and bought the Harry Potter books and that is what started me reading again after about 15 years of nothing but academic texts.  I digress…

Ruby Blue Bar - Leicester Square
Ruby Blue Bar - Leicester Square

I met my colleagues at the Ruby Blue Bar in Leicester Square.  We had made a booking during the week and were intrigued that they had not asked us for the standard £25 holding deposit so it was no surprise to arrive and find out that not only was there no booking but the restaurant was closed too.  Thankfully they were serving bar snacks in the main bar which were so good that we forgave them for their booking mistake. 

We all watched the England game and we were one sorry bunch of co-workers when we left the pub after England were slaughtered by Germany.  Well, to be honest, they were sorry – I was gleeful!  I’m not an England sports fan but I’m sure you won’t hold that against me!!

Leicester Square Station - Charing Cross Road
Leicester Square Station - Charing Cross Road

After the game, we walked on down to St Martins Lane to the Duke of York's Theatre to watch the play Ghost Stories.  If you click on the photo above, you can see why I liked that scene so much.  I loved the old-fashioned London Underground roundel with the old looking Charing Cross Road sign too.

London ColiseumLondon Coliseum
London Coliseum

Opposite the Duke of York’s Theatre is the London Coliseum which is the home of English National Opera.  I just love that globe at the top!

After the play, we made our way down to Trafalgar Square.  I’m not sure how evident it is from the photos above but it was hot on Sunday.  Nevertheless, my long suffering husband and one of my colleagues indulged me while I took photos of Yinka Shonibare’s “Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle”.

Nelson's Column - Trafalgar Square
Nelson's Column - Trafalgar Square

Yinka Shonibare’s Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle

Yinka Shonibare’s Nelson’s Ship in a BottleYinka Shonibare’s Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle
Yinka Shonibare’s “Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle”

It was really very hot indeed and there were a lot of really drunk football fans all over the place. 

London's West End 09 
Fans in the Fountain at Trafalgar Square

That included, of course, in the fountains at Trafalgar Square.  The police were Not Amused™ but they also seemed a bit scary so I decided against taking their photo!



  1. I have often wondered what it would feel like to have a wee dip in the fountains at Trafalgar Square, it looks like fun and a good way to cool of these days I will get myself in there!

  2. I was in town on Thursday, V&A and Traf Square, pretty warm.

  3. Emm nice photographs and an entertaining jaunt. I have never seen the ship in a bottle, is it a recent thing?
    I wondered about the aftermath of the World Cup as English fans tend not to be good losers.

    I could do with the fountains in my garden as its hot and sticky here today, looks like rain though.

  4. Leicester Square, Piccadilly, Trafalgar Square... ahh fond memories! :-)
    But the ship in the bottle bit...?

  5. England looked pretty sorry in that game but fortunately losing doesn't mean you can't have fun in a football crowd 8-)

  6. Ok, number one, that restaurant is gorgeous. The architecture alone is enough to keep me going back. Second, are the police going to arrest those drunk idiots in the fountain? It isn't enough that the guy in the front of the fountain is blinding me with his very light skin. lol

  7. Is the ship in a bottle temporary or is it there for good?

    You were right to steer clear of those muppets in the fountain, especially after their team took a beating from Germany.

  8. I love the quality of the photos, so clear and crisp, with all these hot days going on I think we could all do with a dip in the fountain ;)

  9. @ William: I would love to take a dip there too but am always put off by the other fools doing so!!

    @ John: I know! Hasn't it been the most lovely summer?

    @ Mike: Yes, it is a recent thing. That was the plinth where people were standing, talking and so on and now I think this is the permanent replacement.

    @ Ash: It is Nelson's ship!!!

    @ Kathy: True! But things apparently got a bit violent later on after we left.

    @ Ancient Digger: Ha! No, I don;t think it is illegal to dip into public fountains!

    @ Ryan: I think it is permanent now. I actually hope so.

    @ Karen: Thank you!! I do try to improve my photography over time.


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