Saturday, April 30, 2005

Into town we go, we go

Got such a splitting headache today I can't remember what I was supposed to write about - and it's beautiful outside. So I'm sitting at home drinking lotsandlots of water. But don't worry, I won't go pop.

I went into town yesterday. Must have walked miles, not in a straight line of course, between Bond Street and Green Park, with a side trip into St Christopher's Place. It's got the same restaurants and cafes as St John's Wood! (Street Sensation is such fun to use.)
Only the day before, I had gone to the London Library in St James's Square to return and pick up some lovely old books for work. We scan any of the good engravings in old volumes for addition to the picture library. Again I passed Christie's, and the doorman smiled at me - oh I miss that place. It was such a joy to bowl down St James's Street once again.

So back to yesterday:
When I got hungry, I went to McDonald's. Yes, the day after the UK network premiere of Supersize Me, I *ate* at McD's. I wanted to eat there. And I enjoyed it. Muah-ha-ha-ha-ha! Behold the power of ..... oh never mind.

By 7pm, I was strolling down - or up - Piccadilly on the other side of the street from Fortnum's. The light was gentle, ethereal; twilight is my favourite part of the eve. Suddenly I looked up, which is something we in London forget to do. (Did it last year on Regent's Street, and the year before on St James's Street - you should try it sometime.) And I was stunned to note how gorgeous the buildings are! I've walked up Piccadilly countless times and never noticed - the humble strip of shops between St James's church and Fortnum's are in what once was, undeniably, the Royal Institute of Painters of Watercolours. It's an impressive classicist do-dah with columns and niches with the named busts of various now-forgotten watercolourists - and proud letters above all proclaim its purpose.

Speaking of 'looking up' in London, nearly every time I walk down St James's Street I notice something I never noticed before. Like watching an interesting movie.
BY THE WAY - the new Patisserie Valerie is now open on the corner of Picc. and St J.

And you know The Wolseley - much more suited to the neighbourhood - which replaced the China Gardens/Palace (?). It looks as if it's been there for centuries. That's the nature of 'establishments' in Mayfair. Gotta love it.
Can anyone recommend it?

Certainly one place I'd love to try out sometime is The Criterion on Piccadilly Circus. It's a real turn-of-the century pleasure palace. There were loads more of those fantastic eating places around back then, sort of to please the exacting Edwardian middle class senses.

*sigh* the headache is reluctantly retreating and...

FIN
(otherwise I'd just keep rambling...)

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

You ate at McDonalds!!!! And enjoyed it!!!!!!
Talk about walking miles and miles. I think i walked 2km today in the airport going from from one terminal to the next trying to find the lost and found counter.
Vanessa

Anonymous said...

how come all you links are now on the bottom of your blog page?
vanessa

Jia Li said...

I can't believe you did Micky Dee's. Ewww
and what happened to that chat space thing

Jia Li said...

oh and sorry about earlier..MSN acted up

Olivia said...

Alright everyone! I am sorry for going to McD's and enjoying it! FYI, I go there about 4 times a year. Momentary rebellion against fine cuisine, I guess.

I might make up for it tonight by ordering in Thai food. You know how it is when you set your taste buds on something, nothing else will do.

Jia Li said...

now thats better... odering Thai I mean.

Anonymous said...

Good girl, Olivia. What thai dish are you getting?
vanessa

Olivia said...

I got Laab Kai, a spicy coriander onion chicken salad (mmm); Pla Rad Pik, a deep fried fish with tasty sauce; and steamed rice.
There was so much fish and rice, I have dinner for tonight too.

Jia Li said...

sounds DEEELISH

Anonymous said...

Yum!!! I`ll certainly miss the thai food.
We had sushi tonight, at last, direct from a local japanese restaurant.
vanessa

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