Saturday, 28 April 2012

Apple store, Regents Street

Not just a technological and financial gold mine but an architectural one as well.  235 Regent Street was Apples first retail store in Europe opening on 20th November 2004. The building, part of the Crown Estate (owned by the Queen), was designed by Sir Reginald Theodore Bloomfield (20 December 1856 – 27 December 1942)

No idea what these gold mosaics represent but they look spectacular. It’s amazing what architectural gems can be seen when strolling through London. If only Londoners would spare the time to look.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Flower's for all

On Saturday Trafalgar Square was transformed into an English garden to celebrate St George’s day, which is on 23rd April.  Raised flower beds, a drought tolerant garden (very topical) and an ornamental bandstand were all part of this free festival in the centre of London.

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Ziggy Stardust

You have to trust me on this one. This is Heddon Street (just off from Regents Street) where David Bowie was photographed for the classic Ziggy Stardust album cover. Not recognisable now due to the flora and foliage of the local restaurants but a plaque is on the wall to commemorate the spot. The ‘K. West’ sign went west years ago, 'collected' by Bowie fans.

Heddon Street is also the site of London's first night club, 'The Cave of the Golden Calf' that opened in 1912.