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London 05
September 29, 2008
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Another Christopher Wren design, St James' Church was consecrated in 1684 as the parish church for a residential development by Henry Jermyn, 1st Earl of St Albans. This picture was taken from the churchyard gate on the sidewalk of Piccadilly from where the church goes almost unnoticed


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St James' interior. The church was badly damaged by enemy action during WWII


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Piccadilly Circus - basically a traffic circle - was built in 1819 connecting Regent's Street with Piccadilly and several other roads. The Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain was erected in 1893 commemorating the philanthropy of the 7th Earl of Shaftesbury. Usually and erroneously referred to as Eros, the naked winged archer is actually Anteros - a much more appropriate choice


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Heading north from Piccadilly Circus is Regent's Street, one of London's most famous shopping venues


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Came across this distraction a little way up Regent's Street and just had to revisit the swingin' sixties


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Well, nostalgia ain't what it used to be. A few pedestrianized streets with a peppering of of snooty, overpriced boutiques. Another fond memory dashed...


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The Liberty Store, an 1875 art nouveau emporium, developed its own distinctive merchandise and has marched to its own drum for more than 130 years. The building here is from 1924 and many of the timbers were recovered from the British naval ships, HMS Impregnable and HMS Hindustan


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A French attempt at humor has named the UK French Connection stores as fcuk. Boy, are those Frenchies witty or what?


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Here is another John Nash creation - All Souls Church - the only remaining Nash church. Consecrated in 1824, the distinctive circular columned portico and the stone spire make this another unique production


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The BBC started life in 1923 at Savoy Hill in premises operated by the Institute of Electrical Engineers. In 1932 it moved into this more or less custom built building and still operates three of its radio channels from here. As the largest broadcasting company in the world, the BBC employs nearly 30,000 personnel


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Broadcasting House in Portland Place, is the official headquarters of the BBC and sports this statue of Prospero and Ariel from The Tempest by William Shakespeare


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At this point in the day, a cup of tea sounded about right and so the GPS was set to "home". Around the first corner of the homeward trek this 1773 Medical Society building came into view and was quickly added to the day's snaps


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Final picture of the day was a look into one of the numerous mews that abound throughout the central part of London. Quiet, attractive and really expensive!
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