After a really lovely time (apart from my knee problems), we left Truro and headed for London. Our apartment was in the same area as our last visit two years ago. It is defined as the Borough of Camden on buildings in the area, but I always thought it was Bloomsbury. Being so close to St.Pancras and Euston stations I guess that is why it we are zoned Camden. A short walk up Marchmont street from the apartment in Cartwright Gardens brings one to Russell Square which is indeed Bloomsbury.
I have always loved this semi-circle of buildings housing hotels and now more recently apartments. We were given a lovely room - in what I can describe as a 'bedsit', but I think they are referred to as a 'studio' now. It was conveniently on the ground floor and faced the inner courtyard gardens. A lovely view we thought.
Not being one for heights, I'm glad you went up the Shard and not me! Then there's the matter of how much they charge for it - for that price, I hope they gave you a glass of something nice to go with the view.
(PS, the naming of local authority areas can be as fraught as naming new countries: they can't include the names people use for all the neighbourhoods with them, or even (in the case of the London boroughs) the names of all the previous smaller authorities they subsumed, so it caused some heated debate around the parish pumps).
My husband also has that dislike of giddy heights but after contemplating the glass from the lift door he cautiously made his way to the 'step-off-the-edge' view and did all the photos.
We paid £24.95 each. I must say as there is no time restriction you have all day to gaze into space...but I think once you have spotted the recognizable buildings you feel satisfied and want to go down to earth once more!
Those Victorian residential buildings in London always fascinate me, one reason being that they are so totally different from architecture in Paris. With the flowers and everything, they really look charming but I have been in enough of them and seen plenty of movies to know that a vast number of them are uncomfortably narrow and dark.
On course one of the best things about London is that I'm always happy to return to "my" own architecture in Paris. I'm quite sure that Londoners are just as happy to leave Paris and see familiar things again.
I could have gone up the Shard last December, but I did find the fee rather outrageous, and I would have spent too little time there since I had a ticket to go to the Globe that evening -- no way to stay long enough to get my money's worth! It certainly makes Tower Bridge look like a miniature structure.
Luckily for us in this instance, and the one before, there were no dark passages. Everything light and airy as you can see. There is however a hotel in London which looks wonderful from the outside but fear for your life when entering and trying to find your room. It was like a rabbits warren to say the least. In Bayswater.
Great thread so far Tod! Looking forward to your London adventures. Was the apartment less expensive than hotel choices? I had been researching hotel prices and was quite shocked at how expensive it is there. I like having an outdoor space and try to book hotels with balconies when possible, your space looks fabulous. I like curved buildings.
What a view from the Shard! Reminds me of our time up the CN Tower in Toronto. We sat and enjoyed a drink while picking out sights across the city.
When was that Kerouac? That is an interesting view point. I probably do not even pay attention to them, most cities/towns have by-laws now that any new builds must provide adequate parking attached (and condos must have an outdoor space for pets!). So as Toronto expands, so will the parking lots!
Kerouac -Yes, the cost of the Shard was a bit steep but that was one of two things I had flown to London to see. There was no shortage of customers lining up at the ticket office on this mid-week day.
Mich64 - It's not half as expensive for you guys to stay in London than it is for us very poor South Africans We had a large studio @117 pounds. We were on what they term the 1st floor, but all those size apartments were above and below ours. Whatever you do don't get one on the Lower ground floor. No view and below street level - I don't care for those. When we book again in two years time I will ask for a large executive with a balcony / or courtyard view on lst floor. The is no elevator so we were glad to be able to walk in the front door and go straight into our apartment (which was behind reception).
Htmb - Yes you must do the eye - it's very tame. But what about the Emirates Airline Ski lift? That is no higher than the London Eye and they can speed it up or slow it down at customers request.
Mossie - It is a bit like low flying! I'm am so happy I went to the top.
Lizzyfaire - I think you could well have been in one of the hotels in that semi-circle. The room below street level must have a damp problem in one way or another. I have wondered what hotel used to be where Studios 2Let are now. Most of the hotels in the cresent have been there since I first set foot in London in 1980.
This is the Euro Hotel: Others are- Harlingford Hotel, The Judd and The Cresent. All look really nice. The Hotel consists of three Georgian houses built in 1807 for wealthy merchants and now converted into one building. The garden crescent in which the hotel is situated is named after John Cartwright, an advocate of parliamentary reform and universal suffrage who was the first Englishman openly to support the independence of the USA
Well, we had just done the highest view of London so why not carry on with another! This was my second choice of things to do in London. It was very enjoyable but very tame compared to taking a ski lift up to Mt.Pilatus for instance... Also nothing to see or do on the other side. a few mobile carts selling fast food but really no place to sit and enjoy it. Seating was very limited but maybe mid-week business is slow.
Perhaps Emirates paid for this thinking that looking at construction sites and shopping malls is an exciting way to spend one's time? After all, what else is there to do for tourists in the Gulf States?
Tod! The pictures are great, as are all your descriptions. Love your little apartment -- a classy place for a classy lady. Extremely impressed that your husband conquered his (very justifiable!) fear to go out on a limb, as it were, for those wonderful photos.
I think you're right, kerouac. Boris will have moved on to other things by then, so there won't be anyone particularly to defend it or embarrassed by its loss (not that embarrassment comes easily to him anyway).
I guess Emirates were persuaded to sponsor it because of the Olympic connection initially. But since it doesn't make for a particularly significant or convenient commuter connection, there really isn't much point to it. The Siemens centre on the north side is quite interesting if you're interested in ecological issues, and you get a good view of the Thames Barrier and the various new developments in what used to be the docks, but that's about it.
It always appeared to me to be an ego trip on behalf of Boris, linking one colossal waste of money with another. Or perhaps noone realised that the country was broke and getter broker by the minute FFS
Man is not lost, only temporarily uncertain of his position
I saw something in one of my books on London - seemed as fascinating as the last 'pissoir' in Paris ( which I tracked down some years ago), so off we go to find a Victorian Lavatory! There are several of these "Queen Victorias" still around but fast becoming modernised. The one I wanted to find was one made entirely of cast iron. These are old lav's are frequently found down a dark alley, lit by the zinc yellow light of a gas lamp, the whole scene unchanged since the period of Jack The Ripper and the Houndsditch murders and a relic of the days when London policemen had walrus mustaches and hearts of gold.
The one I'm hunting down is located in Star Yard. Finding Star Yard itself took us to making inquiries at a pub where the barman prides himself of knowing every square inch of London. I stumped him! But not for long as his nickname is GOOGLE and that he did, appearing proudly with the directions!
Star Yard WC2 Little known yard off Chancery Lane,London Once an open space by the side of the Bishop of Chichester's house, Star Yard was originally connected to Bell Yard, before Carey Street was built across Little Lincoln's Inn Fields around 1660. It acquired its name ninety years later, with the yard being named after the nearby Starr Tavern. First we need transport -
That is a great report on the entire neighbourhood.
However, I must become indignant over the use of the term "pissoir." That is a German word. The French word is "pissotière." (of course that is one of many possible names in French, but pissoir is not one of them)
It's funny how when you do a search on the word pissoir the general consensus is that it is French. There doesn't appear to be any mention of German that I've seen. Obviously though I do not know French, I can only go by the numerous entries on the internet. I do know German and to me it seems a strange combination of letters for the Germanic language, especially the combination of 'oir' together. I'd be interested, k2, in why you think it is. I'm willing to be persuaded.
You started it though I'm not sure if we are confusing origin with usage. Its origins aren't German/English but granted it is used by them, no? It's origins are French but not particularly used by them, yes? Just agree and tod can get back to wowing us with the thread.
Lizzyfaire don't feel bad....I spelled it wrong 'pissoire' and saw your spelling so altered it. I appreciate Kerouac's correction - that's how we learn. The internet says this Victorian cast iron 'lavvy' was made in the Parisian style.
Thanks all for kind words....I am nearly at the conclusion - for London, but have Blackpool still to come.