A series of anecdotes with or without any connection to the running of a restaurant.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

July weather in London...

I went down to London to escape the rain...
Actually it was to wish my cousin "Bon Voyage" to Marrakesh where he is moving to look after the building and then the management of a 6 bedroom luxury Ryad (Boutique hotel) when it opens later this year...











Little Venice with it beautifully decorated barges...














The famous Carnaby street where famous people get all their designer clothes.






























Apple Computers showcasing their latest products. Visitors could browse the internet at will...













Smoking in the rain...outside a pub... No smoking allowed indoors from 1st July! Yeah!!!


















Hamleys, toyshop in Regent's Street.

















Momo's tearoom. Momo's is the most famous North African restaurant in London. Great atmosphere and great food.



















Gloomy skies over London...























Another rainy photo. Is this bus going to Wimbledon?














Despite the sporadic rain, London is still a great city to visit. It is like an amalgamation of little villages, each with its own varied communities, lifestyles, generous offerings of cafés, restaurants, art galleries, etc...

I used to think that I could not live in London. "Visit, yes... but live there? No way!" This latest visit has made me think I could very easily adapt to London life.

But I am happy where I am...

And with a cousin in Marrakesh, my next trip is being planned as I speak...

21 Comments:

Blogger Edvard Moonke said...

you're right about london. after 10 years, I didn't mind moving away, but whenever I visit now, I feel wistful about the place.

so, when you visit marrakesh, will you be meeting the drop-dead gorgeous maryam, I wonder? oooh I am jealous...

4/7/07 12:22 PM  
Blogger Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

Oh man, you went to MOMO'S ????? I'm seething with jealousy. I really have a great time whenever I'm in London. Then I get my Visa card statement ...

4/7/07 12:36 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Lovely tour. I would like to visit some day.

4/7/07 2:29 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

I love the top photo -- and the one of Oxford Circus tube station is as I remember it. Wet :). I worked one tube stop down the line (Bond St). I haven't been in London for SO long but, if I had more money, I'd live there part-time at least in a second.

4/7/07 4:47 PM  
Blogger Hayden said...

ok, first attempt to comment failed, so will try again!

Wonderful photos, you make London look very enticing! I was there for a few hurried days once, but didn't find it an easy city. Your photos make me want to reconsider.

4/7/07 4:54 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Marcos, I will visit Maryam just to pass on your greetings... ;o)

Daphnee, Momo's a must for every London visit. They rob you with a smile!!!

Mary, one has to visit London at least once in a lifetime.

Andrea, you have experienced rainy London! Have you noticed that shoppers are never put off by the rain?

Hayden, what do you mean with "not an easy city"?

4/7/07 5:06 PM  
Blogger Dip-Dop-Crabtree said...

Very Pretty London walk! as I imagine it in my dream.

Marrakesh! I wish that there will be beautiful photos!

5/7/07 1:02 AM  
Blogger la bellina mammina said...

hmmm, i love London too, but to visit, not to live. I prefere the warm weather...

5/7/07 3:04 AM  
Blogger kj said...

cream, i totally enjoyed these shots. i haven't been in london for years but remember it fondly.

i know nothing about marrakesh...

:)

5/7/07 6:15 AM  
Blogger Trac said...

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner...

Yeah great place. Don't notice it most of the time, but whenever I leave for a bit, upon my return I notice how great it is. (Then forget after an hour) Plus there are some beautiful parts too.

Good pics Cream!
x

5/7/07 8:48 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Dip-dop, Londres, comme toutes les capitales du monde, est très agréable car il y a tellement de choses à voir. Il faut la visiter au moins une fois dans sa vie.
Marrakesh, ça, c'est une autre histoire! J'espère que j'y irais avant la fin de l'année...

Bella, you're such a softie...

KJ, Marrakesh seems to be the place to be at the moment. Check out Maryam's blog...

Trac, you are lucky to be just outside London but near enough to all the action. Thanks x.

5/7/07 11:16 AM  
Blogger Cherrypie said...

I love Momo's. And Madame JoJo's.
Tate Modern when the pavements are sodden.
The V&A if I'm feeling that way.
The British Museum is the best of the lot.
The library in particular my favourite spot.

I vote for a blogmeet in Marrakesh. You can fly there for about £100 return with Ryanair. When will the place be open? x

5/7/07 2:08 PM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

I'm off to Egypt tomorrow to escape the rain!

Loved the photos, I'll show you mine (photos) when I get back. :)

5/7/07 2:32 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Wow, Akela! Have a great time in Egypt. I hope it's not too hot...

You know what, Cherrybabes, those places never crossed my mind. I went to a little exhibition in Notting Hill but next time the Tate will be the place to be.
A blogmeet in Marrakesh! What a great idea! Yes, the flights are very cheap. They're planning to open in October but I have a feeling it will take a little longer.

5/7/07 2:50 PM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

I like it hot! :)

5/7/07 6:15 PM  
Blogger Dizzy said...

Great Photos.

Spent three years there recently and didn't really do that much, but I do miss London. I miss the hussle and bustle, bright lights, and wonderful shops.

I didn't really get to many restaurants besides the cheap and cheerful noodle bars, Thai shacks etc. which all serve delicious stuff.

I also miss the buses, here I never travel on a bus but there I used them all the time.

6/7/07 9:33 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Akela, some of us like it hot... ;o)...
I came to the UK to escape the heat...;o)

Hello, Dizzy!!
I think there is something about London that makes one feels as if they're always on holiday.
I agree that most of the cheap and cheerful places in London serve amazing food. I found that some of the better known "restaurants" charged exhorbitant prices and the food was just average.
I usually use the tube. Never really given buses a thought... Next time, maybe.

6/7/07 9:44 AM  
Blogger Calamity Tat said...

Ahh thanks Cream.. You know my eldest is finding it harder to find some words in english, the third says things like mum pass me my book green please! such little frenchies now.. Love that last photo, maybe it's because I'm a londoner too!!

6/7/07 11:24 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Tat, I bet it's hilarious keeping up with their Franglais...
I bet you're proud to have bilingual kids. A second language is like an extra set of wings.

Wimbledon weather...

6/7/07 5:04 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

What's a little rain when you have central London at your disposal..? As a hick from the 'colonies' (the rainy ones :) I never stopped being amazed at the crowds in Oxford Street, and I worked there for 6 months.

7/7/07 3:48 PM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

Cream, if I tell you this, you'll laugh...the one time I went to London, it scared me. I was 18. To this day I think of it as a scary place...and I've travelled, well, not to many countries, but I have done some travelling.

12/7/07 8:19 PM  

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