London Day 5…

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Looking down Regent Street

I’ve got into the habit of getting up early and ducking down to the sitting room to make a cup of coffee and catch up on emails and blog posts. This morning I overheard a conversation:

Woman 1: I’m going to start my Christmas shopping tomorrow night. I thought I might go up to Oxford Street.

Woman 2: What would you want to be doing a stupid thing like that for?

Yet doing just that is exactly what Grant and Sarah were wanting to do.

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I chose instead to go have a look at Kensington Palace. Much more civilised. I’ll meet you at Oxford Circus, I said. Regent Street. Done.

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Kensington Palace has been known over the years for its association with Queen Victoria, who was born here, Princess Margaret and Princess Diana- and the exhibitions reflect this.

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Many of the rooms on display were created for William III and Mary II who ruled jointly in 1689. They are sumptuous and more than a tad over the top.

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Another part of the palace is devoted to the life and mourning of Queen Victoria- using her own words from her journals to illustrate.

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Finally, the two modern royals- the princesses Margaret and Diana are celebrated through an exhibition of their clothes.

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Getting there: Take the tube to High Street Kensington on the district and circle line. From here it’s just a short walk up through Kensington gardens. Alternatively, take the tube to Notting Hill Gate (district and circle lines, central line) and walk down.

How much: 16.50GBP, or a little less if you book online.

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Grant and Sarah were well over Oxford Street by the time I met them. Sarah was into eye rolling territory, but had sourced yet another daggy Christmas jumper. This one plays jingle bells when the pom pom is pressed. Don’t ask

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On the way to the nearest pub for lunch we happened across Liberty, and ducked in for a peek.

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This is the place to go if you’re after a Liberty print deer. Within the few minutes we were there we saw Adele and John Torode (the Aussie chef on UK Masterchef). Hashtag celebrity spotting.

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Anyways, it’s a beautiful store with beautiful wooden beams and beautiful stock, and beautiful centrepieces.

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Around the corner is Carnaby Street. Famous for leading the swinging sixties in London, it’s lost much of its edgy edge these days, but is still worth a stroll.

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We followed Regent Street back down to Piccadilly and hit a wall- the metaphysical kind, of course. None of us had the energy or the inclination to go any further. So we didn’t.

 

Author: Jo

I write, I bake, I chase sunrises.

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  1. Love that first photo – gorgeous colours! And I feel envious – picturing you having a morning coffee in a quaint sitting room or similar. (Again, things I’ve only seen on TV!)

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