Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Tuesday 17 July:  London has more visitors than usual since it's the Olympics in 9 days time. Every tube station has magenta Olympic signage (quite jolly) and the Thames embankments are thronged with people wearing matching magenta tee shirts doing training jogs. Even the gardens are responding - here is the garden at No. 10 Downing Street, beautifully photographed with a smiley policement in shot, and no doubt bringing a smile to the faces of the house's occupants.

 
© Steve Back/Rex Features
    
    I judge the day a fine one where I can as well write out of doors as in. I go to Golden Square, one of Soho's finest, Dickens knew it well. There's little traffic, people are chatting and hanging out. And look at those sumptious gables. The pigeon on the head of George II’s statue is standard. With plentiful benches to sit on, people are so at peace here, rare in tumultuous London, talking quietly, reading, checking their emails, drinking coffee. The square is not far from Broadwick Street where I had the pleasure of visiting Cowling & Wilcox, art suppliers extraordinary.

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