Post by kerouac2 on Jan 18, 2019 16:33:57 GMT
Of course the idea of any part of London being off the map is completely ridiculous. I visited London for the first time in 1971 and bought the absolutely excellent 'London Street by Street' which covered absolutely everything until you got to agricultural fields practically. I had to stop using it, though, when new underground lines were created and others were extended. I don't know if street names change in London as often as they do in Paris (which is not 'often,' but it does happen), but I definitely like to have an up-to-date map. So I have at least two others, but they don't hold a candle to my first one.
Anyway, I returned to London for a couple of days two weeks ago. I prepare my trips less and less, which is not a good thing, but when I am returning to a city that I already sort of know, it just doesn't seem important. Nevertheless, the night before my trip, I started hunting for a map of London. If you have followed other threads at Anyport, you might know that my flat is rather topsy turvy due to all sorts of works that have been done (and a whole new team of labourers arriving Monday morning to try to fix some of the damage) -- anyway, I did not find my most recent map covering all of London. However, I did find a small guide covering all of the central tourist areas with fold-out maps for at least 12 areas, so I threw that in my bag. It covers all of the things like Oxford Street, the West End, Kensington and that sort of stuff, but can you imagine that Earl's Court was on the absolute edge of the map as though it were the end of civilised territory?
Well, I was staying at Earl's Court, where I have stayed numerous times in the past, and I have always liked the area. During my previous two trips to London, I stayed at the Ibis Earl's Court, which is not at Earl's Court at all but at West Brompton. I even complained to the hotel (which is quite nice but which is a nest of Chinese tour groups), and they confessed that the name dated back to before the Earl's Court exhibition centre was demolished. So I was highly amused to stay at an Ibis Styles this time, which is actually in sight of the Earl's Court underground station but which calls itself "Ibis Styles London Kensington" -- proof of the dishonesty of hoteliers. They do this in Paris, too. Hotels next to Gare du Nord are called "Something-or-other Opéra" and hotels in Montparnasse get "Eiffel" thrown into the name. I find it kind of sad 1) to convince tourists that there are only a few desirable places to stay in a city and 2) to mislead them about the location of hotels by using names abusively.
Okay, enough crap. I knew I was staying at Earl's Court and was very happy with it. The Ibis Styles was in one of the usual Victorian streets with another dozen hotels. The Ibis Styles is the red brick building.
But what I really liked was the ethnic feel of the walk from the tube station. A taste of the Philippines!
perhaps a touch of Thailand...
There were also side alleys with a touch of all sorts of other cultures.
On top of that, the Doctor seemed to be in the area for a visit. Every single tourist (like me) had to take a picture of this.
And yet everything was all right here at spendid Earl's Court.