Reporting on my semester in London
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
I decided to get out an about today due to the nice weather and the need to check in with the folks at the ICLC main building. I took the Northern Line and then the Victoria Line up to Oxford Circus. Oxford Street and Regent Street are big shopping areas. I was out looking for a store to pick up some good quality football (aka soccer) shirts. I'm not a big fan of soccer, but a jersey or two will help me blend in. I also wanted to stop at the Apple store on Regent street. I'm not in the market to buy anything, but stopping in at a huge Apple Store was fun. I just discovered that the largest Apple store in the world is at Covent Garden here in London. I can feel a road trip coming on (I just looked up the location on a map, and it is not that far from where I visited the Regent Street store).
I headed down Regent Street to Piccadilly Circus where I stopped at Lillywhites; an excellent sports store. I found some great football shirts, and then took a meandering path from Piccadilly Circus to the main ICLC building. I found a fantastic street--Jermyn Street--that is filled entirely with shops with mens shoes, mens clothes, mens suites, and a very nice mens shaving shop. I picked up a silver tipped badger shaving brush; something I've been wanting for a bit now. I also discovered a heritage plaque in the area identifying that Sir Isaac Newton lived here once. Not sure if it is true, but a nice reminder of the history of this place.
I also discovered Wilton Crescent that looks very similar to the Georgian crescent in Bath, but this one has less architectural grander. The walk from Oxford Circus to the ICLC building on Harrington Gardens was about 3.5 miles (including my meandering). It was a nice walk and I like seeing London from this perspective. I spent about two hours at ICLC chatting with the staff and students, before heading back to the house in Colliers Wood.
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