London Travel Blog- Love, Rain & City

London Travel Blog- Love, Rain & City

I was born in the late 1950s. Now it is customary to say about the socio-cultural revolution in Europe, the epicenter of which was London in those years. But, being “inside the events”, this is not you understand. Carnaby Street, The Beatles, super del Twiggy, designer Mary Quant, James Bond. If five- the tenths resembled b / w photography, then the sixties were juicy, full-color, always in motion.

My first childhood impressions are very bright and contrasting colors. My parents and I lived in a garden flat – an apartment with our own garden full of greenery and flowers, on the first floor of a luxurious, but pretty dilapidated to that Victorian house time at Streatham Street, in the south of London. It’s two steps away from Streatham High Street High Street) and in several chick bus ride to the district new Clapham Common, The Oval and Elephant & Castle. I still cannot understand from where could the ridiculous stamp come about gray, foggy and gloomy city! Agree, this is difficult believe if from the first days you surrounded by bright colors, flowers and music. But about music – a little later.


Red Bus, London

My first childhood passion – famous red two-story new buses. Of course they were magical. After all, they took me in the most exciting other places of the city: to bright lights Piccadilly Circus, to the sparkling expanses of Reed Zhent Street (Regent Street), on Shaftesbury Avenue, in the West End and the theater district. My father was a music director in those years The Festival Ballet (now the English National Ballet).

For all his performances and concerts, I got to the red bus. At the modern Festival Hall on the south bank (Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Center, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London), to the elegant and imposing Albert Hall (Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London), to theaters crowded between the central streets in Strand and Shaftesbury Avenue. They all exist and today. So if there is a desire to join the classics, these addresses come in handy. It is better to book tickets in advance. Prices are not democratic, but residents of the capital at all times appreciated the performance of good actors, so “buy half an hour before call “is unlikely to work.

Now I understand that you can get to any of these places. take a taxi or personal transport, and as a child I feel like that only a red bus, like a magic ship, carries you from home comfort to the sparkling theatrical world. There were always two characters on the bus: the driver and the conductor. And if the driver just drove bus, then the conductor seemed to me a real pirate, and the most the best in the world. Conductor answers call for passengers, followed so that everyone pays for the fare. Conductors ran around the cabin with ballet dancers, jumped stairs and aisles armchairs with the agility of circus performers.

Conductors – regardless of whether a woman or a man is yes they were slim and fit. And how amazing they had a uniform! Conductors (clippies in London jargon) persuading- whether or scolding hares, loudly something then they explained to the passengers, exactly knew the fare and always could tell where and how the car was going to bus.


In general, they were the main this ship. Red bus so far remains the brightest representation by London Transport Television. His the modern version has become a technological gic, elegant and safe. And in the 60s, the two-story giants at the end there was an open entrance with a leg, you could jump or jump off it on the go. I cannot guarantee that it was safe, but it was very convenient, and the mainly fun. I often ran after the bus and jumped in on purpose into it, only when it has already pretty dispersed.

As I grew up, my most frequent route became # 109 or # 133 from Elephant and Castle to Oval in southeast London. I went to high school Archbishop Tenison’s Grammar School, 55 Kennington Oval, London , which is still located across the street from one of the two famous Don cricket grounds. Second – platform for cricket Lords (Lord’s Cricket Ground, St John’s Wood Rd, St John’s Wood, London) in St. John’s Park (St John’s Wood).

Royal Albert Hall/Amanda Slater

The red bus will take you to her too. Sure, you no longer jump back and forth from step to step, like this was done in childhood before. But what has not changed since then elk is the expression on the faces with which people play cricket. I checked. The British are still very serious and anxious refer to this game.


Regent Street, London, United Kingdom
Regent Street, London, United Kingdom

When I tell my friends that I love Trafalgar Square , then they look at me, to put it mildly, surprised. After all, this is the most tourist place from which to start, there is a description of London in any English textbook. But Trafalgar Square is from my childhood. In the very center that square was dominated by the legendary admiral, old Nelson, surrounded by four magnificent lions. I was shocked sleep with these lions and every time he was in the square, attempted to climb them. Parents are delicate but, but persistently suppressed my demarches.

Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square

Then I don’t could understand how they guessed in advance about my plans … It is a pity that there are no more pigeons on Trafalgar. They were an integral part of the landscape. People came on purpose to feed them. The pigeons knew it and flew in whole flocks. And today you will be fined £ 500 for feeding hit the square. Times change. But there are also constants. Besides Nelson and his lions, this is Of course, the National Portrait Gallery, St. Martin’s Pl, Charing Cross, London. In it treasures of English art are kept, including my favorite British impressionist painter William Turner.

I think he was the first of the British to understand that the the printing made a naturalistic painting like John Constable irrelevant. Right across the road is one of the most famous music churches of London – St. Martin’s Church (St Martin- in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross), where are my parents, graduates of the Royal Musical college, married in 1957. Now they often pass here concerts of classical and organ music.


Like any capital, London has too many theaters to list them all. But without my beloved Adelphi in Westminster the city became would be empty for me. In the sixties, when I was eight, my father worked as the musical director of a popular show under called “Charlie’s Girl.” Without knowing it, I communicated with famous actresses and pop stars of that time, for example meet with British rock musician, vocalist and guitarist Joe Brown. I didn’t care that they were famous, but they – that I’m just a child. We were just good friends who were united by a love of music and stage.

Later, as a teenager, I attended concerts practically of all iconic bands – The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Clash – and countless others. Often after them performances, it seemed that the heart itself was beating in the rhythm of rock-n- roll. Of course, many clubs and venues remained only in pa- crumpled and in old photos.

Rainbow theatre
Rainbow theatre/Ewan Munro

For example, the theater “Rainbow” (The Rainbow Theater, 232-238 Seven Sisters Rd, Finsbury Park) – one of those places. In the 1930s it was Finsbury Park cinema Astoria. He was a great music cal area. Deep purple and many other stellar command played on his stage. Today the theater building is List World Church “Tsar- the Divine Church “(Universal Church of the Kingdom of God). But there are those who survived – on- example, Hammersmith Apollo Hall (Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline St, Hammersmith). This is not “historical” the place is “the history of rock here and now ”and an obligatory place for fan visits very good music.


After the concerts we went somewhere have a snack. On the road usually forgot about it and just wandered whether the buzzing, noisy streets cities in search of music: something always played somewhere. As a result, closer to dawn, we, tired- hungry and hungry, they headed east. For example, in Beigel Bake “(Beigel Bake 159 Brick Ln, Shoreditch) or on Brick Lane (159 Brick Lane) to eat the most delicious bagel in the world.


Fortunately, this London tradition is still is alive and the Beigel bakery is still open around the clock. But if it’s day outside and you want something more impressive go to tea at Harrods (87- 135 Brompton Rd). Everyone knows that Harrods is an exclusive and an expensive department store in one of the most luxurious areas London – Knightsbridge.

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But local Harrods I like it more for its colorful thematic rooms. The Egyptian Hall is my favorite. Everything from the members of the Levian families come here for tea when they come to town. I also like Fortnum & Mason Tea House . With this place a funny musical-monarchical story is connected, the great British conductor Thomas Beecham .

One day he ran into a charming lady there. She was the first to speak to him. Beecham was upset that he did not recognize her, and asked a question, hoping to refresh his memory. – How is your husband doing? Hopefully okay? – asked conductor. – He’s still the king! – by- followed by a reply from the queen, wife George VI. Despite the fact that in the last the inhabitants of Buckingham the palace in the tea room were not seen, the atmosphere is still aristocratic tic and worthy of kings.



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“Times are changing” – sang Bob Dylan. And while they were changing in the 60s, everything swayed to the soundtracks of The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Who. 1967 was summer love. The fashion was colorful like a kaleidoscope. Art went on peddling. Sixties action have been a decade that turned the world upside down. And it all began moose in London! When I started writing their songs, many of them were about that very London. For example, “Rainy Day” . I already said that in London it rains often? Some things never change. Of course, before- wait go everywhere, in every city- de peace. But London rain is special.

Now that we Live performing Rainy Day with my band The Stevee Band, every time I return to that City of mine. Locals often call London simply “the city.” “Until I was in the city … “,” What’s going on in the city? ” or as he says my mom, “Let’s drop into town!” As if there are no others childbirth on the planet. But, if you learn to hear his music, then it will turn from the capital of Great Britain into that the very city that will always sound in your heart.

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